Furry Female Mane
Not what female mice look like.
A subcategory of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
and Long Hair Is Feminine
, this is when female anthropomorphic animals have human-like heads of hair while their male counterparts do not. So while males are free to have what looks like a "bald" head (or at most, tufts of fur on their head indicating hair), females must have a more "obvious" indicator of their gender (the other option would be hiding the perceived "baldness" with hair accessories à la Minnie Mouse).
Non-mammal examples overlap with Non-Mammalian Hair
Is the little sister trope to Non-Mammal Mammaries
and a subtrope of Humanoid Female Animal
- The female characters in Marvel Comics' Animal Superhero series Peter Porker The Spectacular Spider-Ham, such as Mary-Jane Waterbuffalo and the Scarlet Pooch, all have long hair, in a different shade to their fur. Peter himself has the brown hair of his human counterpart, but is otherwise furless, being a pig. And Nick Furry, Agent of S.H.E.E.P., somehow has stubble growing over his fur.
- In Albedo Erma Felna EDF, the Felna family, who are cats, has the rare genetic trait of the female members having thick human like head hair. Averted by most everyone else.
- Sonic the Comic has Morain, who is a fox kit like Tails but has longer bangs and a ponytail.
- Occurs with the female characters in An American Tail, though Tony Toponi is one male inversion.
- Tanya Mousekewitz plays it straight in Fievel Goes West but averts it in the other movies.
- Somewhat inverted with the mice in The Great Mouse Detective. For example, Olivia Flaversham doesn't have human-like head hair, but her father, Hiram Flaversham, has head hair (albiet balding, leaving just fur on the crown) and a moustasche. Miss Kitty Mouse lacks human-like head hair too.
- The majority of the mice (whether male or female) however, don't have human-like head hair, though Dr. Dawson does have a moustasche.
- Inverted in The Jungle Book where Hathi Jr, a male baby elephant has human hair on his head. Played straight with his mother Winifred in the show Jungle Cubs where she is shown as a calf as with her eventual husband Colonel Hathi, however.
- Both of the squirrels from The Return of Hanuman have short white hair.
- Averted in Robin Hood. Maid Marian achieves some flowing-hair effect by wearing a thin veil over a hat that fits neatly over her ears.
- Beans from Rango.
- Non-furry example: Ogre Fiona and other female ogres from the Shrek movies have hair on their head, but the male ogres (like Shrek) are bald with or without a few stands.
- Kate in Alpha and Omega. She even flips it.
- The Lion King takes advantage of real hyenas neck manes to make more evident that Shenzi is female. While the three of them have manes◊, Shenzi's is the only one that does not thin when reaching the head but becomes longer and falls over its eyes. It's on the other hand inverted with the lions, obviously.
- Averted in Flushed Away. Rita, a female mouse, has red hair on her head. Roddy, a male mouse, also has a full head of brown hair on his head. And so does every other mammal character in the movie, except for those who are meant to be... er... 'bald', like Whitey the lab rat.
- Rare non-animal example: Cars actually both inverts this, averts this, and plays this straight, where many of the vehicles in the film lack any "hair", except for Luigi and his Uncle Topolino, who have vinyl toupees; Professor Z who has damaged wiring on his roof resembling a bald head; Rastacarian, who has black wiring on his roof resembling dreadlocks; and Signora Bernoulli, who has black wiring hiding under her scarf.
- In Once Upon a Forest Abigail has hair, but so does just about every mouse character, even males. The rest of the main characters don't have it.
- A variation in 9. Number 7 has a feather sticking out of her helmet that is meant to resemble a ponytail.
- Leafie, a Hen into the Wild inverts this trope: The two main male duck characters and most if not all of the background male ducks have "hair" (really feathers), but most if not all of the female characters lack these.
- Inverted in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Movie. Rudolph and Arrow have blond-looking fur on their heads while Zoey does not.
- The 1964 special has a buck named Fireball who has fur on his head.
- Played With in Escape from Planet Earth—the female aliens from Baab have some sort of flap on their head which resembles hair, while the males are bald. The "hair" also tends to be odd colors. See here◊ to compare Kira to her husband and son.
- Played With in Western Animation/Planet51. Most of the inhabitants of Planet 51 have vestigial tentacles growing out the tops of their heads that visually function as hair.
- The Secret Of NIMH: Played straight and averted: Mrs. Brisby has tufts of fur that sort of look like a short, boyish haircut, while her oldest daughter has a tuft of fur as bangs and a large pink bow on top of her head. Nicodemus has floor-length white hair and an equally long mustache. The sequel has Mrs. Brisby's head fur graying at the tips, but all her children, along with Jenny and most of the Thorn Valley mice (not the rats) have heads of hair.
- "The Hippopotomus Song", in which two courting hippos sing the praises of mud, refers to the female "combing her hair".
- The main feature distingishing Fozzie Bear and his mother in The Muppet Show is Ma Bear's grey curls.
- And there is of course the long blond hair of Miss Piggy.
- Tawna and Coco Bandicoot from the Crash Bandicoot series.
- Berri in Conkers Bad Fur Day
- Gurdy the moogle from Final Fantasy XII, though the rest of her brothers (except for Horne) has this too. Note that the rest of the moogles in the game are bald.
- Inverted in the Super Mario Bros. series games where most of the male Koopalings, as well as Bowser and Bowser Jr. have hair, while Wendy O. Koopa, the only female Koopaling, does not. Roy is the only male koopaling completely without hair while Morton has Unusual Eyebrows and only 3 strands of hair on top of his head.
- Played straight in Paper Mario 2, where most Koopas don't have hair, except for the only female Koopas, Koopie Koo and Kammy Koopa.
- In Donkey Kong Country, all of the female Kongs (Dixie Kong, Candy Kong, Tiny Kong, and Wrinkly Kong) all have human-like hair on their heads; indeed, Dixie and Tiny even glide and attack with Prehensile Hair. Swanky Kong sort of does as well, but he'd be the only male Kong with hair.
- Cranky Kong has a long white beard and male-pattern baldness over his brown fur.
- Celine the rat in the Ratatouille video game and Kinect Rush A Disney Pixar Adventure has head fur that has a semblance to short, humanlike head hair, including bangs, which the male rats don't have.
- Blaze the Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Inverted in Undertale with the goatlike Toriel and Asgore. Toriel is female and lacks this sort of characteristic, while the male Asgore has a blonde mane and beard.
- Most female characters on Sabrina Online. The eponymous skunk has short white hair, her kid sister Tabitha has white pigtails, Amy has long blonde hair, Zig Zag has long silver hair, etc. Sabrina's boyfriend R.C. also has hair.
- Played straight throughout Kevin & Kell, except for lions: Males have the large mane; females have no additional cranial hair.
- Florence Ambrose, an genetically altered red wolf in Freefall, has human-style hair for visual gender identification purposes. Mark Stanley mentioned in the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot thread that had he started drawing her today, he wouldn't have included the hair to indicate her gender.
- The female foxes in Faux Pas have longer fur on the back of their heads to suggest hair.
- Lackadaisy features this.
- In one of the bonus comics, this fact is called attention to. The author then decides to allow a glimpse into a world where the boys have hair.
- Carry On subverts it: The women actually wear wigs.
- It'd be easier to talk about characters on Last Res0rt who DON'T have hair...
- Averted in The Cyantian Chronicles, both genders have hair. Male wolves in particular tend to wear it long.
- In The Whiteboard, most of the female funny animals are given human style hair on their head, while with the exception of Jake none of the males have it. When Roger was gender-bent after getting zapped due to pressing a button labeled "do not press", his female version instantly grew human style hair.
- Nin Wah in Commander Kitty is the only girl among the main cast to sport one, with Zenith settling for a pair of tiny curls and Freeda averting it completely.
- The female furries in Stubble Trouble (those who aren't shaved, anyway) have human-like hair in addition to their fur.
- Averted by Felicia Sorceress of Katara, but played straight by a number of other female characters, largely Katarans, canids like Felicia tend to have normal fur (but are no less attractive).
- Gadget Hackwrench from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has long, flowing head hair while Chip, Dale and Monterey Jack are either bald or only have tufts. Tammy the squirrel also has styleable head hair, but Foxglove averts this by only having tufts of fur.
- Although not a furry, Smurfette from The Smurfs embodies the spirit of this trope: Males of a species can be bald but females must have plenty of head hair.
- Rebecca in TaleSpin, and her daughter Molly.
- In the TV series of Brian Jacques' Redwall novels, Rose in the Martin the Warrior arc has a long ponytail, despite human-like hair being avoided or only mildly used in earlier seasons.
- All the female characters in Arthur except Fern (who has dog ears for hair), while most but not all of the male characters are "bald" (other than the fur). Francine's father is a strange combination - he's has fur and hair, but he's got Male Pattern Baldness leaving just fur on the crown of his head surrounded by hair. (He's a monkey, BTW.)
- Petunia Pig from Looney Tunes has a full head of hair, but Porky Pig doesn't.
- Lola Bunny in Space Jam has a larger, blonde tuft of hair on her head, but has her ears tied up in a ponytail as a substitute for long hair. Bugs Bunny only has smaller tufts.
- Her long-running, print-only predecessor, Honey Bunny, averted the trope. She did sometimes arrange her ears to resemble a hairstyle, though.
- Similarly, Melissa Duck has a full head of hair, but Daffy Duck doesn't.
- Mousey Galore from Pinky and the Brain is a straight example, but Billie subverts this by having a large, stylish tuft of fur.
- Shirley The Loon and Fifi La Fume have a full head of hair, but Buster Bunny, Plucky Duck, Furrball, Hamton J. Pig, and other male Tiny Toons don't.
- Daisy Duck is occasionally a borderline example, depending on the show:
- Her "classic" design averts this trope, although she does have long tufts of feathers on the back of her head.
- This makes for hilarity in Disney Party, a game based on Mario Party, where Daisy is rendered in classical style... with her sound when being damaged being "My Hair!"
- Quack Pack exaggerates her tufts so that they look like a pixie cut, but they still look like "styled" feathers.
- House of Mouse Daisy is a pretty straight example, as she has a very long ponytail, though at least it's white like her feathers.
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse marks the return of the ponytail but it seems a little more like feathers.
- In Lady and the Tramp Lady's ears are designed so they look like loose pigtails. Peg's ears are also drawn to be very long and bushy, along with a mane on top of her head to give the impression of long shaggy hair. The male dogs' ears in the film are drawn much shorter.
- Some female characters in DuckTales, like Mrs. Beakly and Magica De Spell, had hair.
- The Chippettes in the Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons and in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel have human-like head hair, whereas Alvin and his brothers only have tufts of fur on their heads.
- Played with in Darkwing Duck: Whilst Morgana, Gosalyn and the other female characters have hair, Drake/Darkwing, Honker and most other males don't. Inverted by Launchpad and Tank, who have hair.
- Cleo from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats had long blonde human hair. The only other cats to have hair on their heads were Wordsworth, who had a lock of longer hair on his forehead, and Hector.
- Rare plant example: Many of the female characters from Veggie Tales, with the sole exception being Mrs. Asparagus.
- Played straight and averted in Sonic Sat AM, Sally and Lupe have a mane of hair, while Bunnie only has a tuft of fur on her forehead. Most male characters have just fur, though Antoine has a blond cut and some elderly characters such as Uncle Chuck and King Acorn have mustaches.
- Played with in The Dreamstone, most of the Noops, male or female, have visible hair, but Amberley's mane is definitely more evident than for male characters like Rufus. All the Wuts have manes, though the female Wildit is made divergent for having a different style.
- Caitian Lt. M'Ress of Star Trek: The Animated Series fits this trope and is pretty conspicuous considering she's essentially an anthropomorphic lion.
- Either justified (as she's an alien species) or not an example of this trope (as male Caitians may or may not have manes).
- Flaky, the porcupine from Happy Tree Friends, has her quills treated as a long hair. They even react to a hair growth tonic in "Easy Comb, Easy Go", leading to catastrophic events. They're also full of dandruff.
- Played straight with Minka, Pepper, and Zoe from Littlest Pet Shop (2012). Averted with Penny, who doesn't even have a tuft, and Buttercream (she has a bow though). Vinnie, a male gecko has hair as well.
- Snork Maiden from The Moomins. Though averted with Moominmama who is shown as female by her handbag accessory. This is likely to establish that Snork Maiden isn't related to the family.
- Generally averted along with most Tertiary Sexual Characteristics in The Amazing World of Gumball, but:
- Inverted with lions. Some lionesses can have a mane, but it's very rare. Maneless male lions are more common.
- Hairless dogs can have fur left on the top of their heads, resembling a human-like head of hair.
- So can hairless guinea pigs or double-rex fancy rats.