Also known as twin tails, handlebars, or bunches. A type of hairstyle where the hair is gathered into two "tails" on either side of the head. Usually, but not always, left loose, braided tails have a more Granola Girl
connotation. The hair must be gathered above the base of the neck; hair gathered below the jawline generally says something entirely different about the character.
Used as a visual clue that the character is young or immature. This view may have come from the Chinese custom of unmarried women wearing their hair in two buns on either side of the head
(which if combined with the twin tails yields a well-known icon
). Or from the modern European custom that a grown woman wore her hair up.
If an older woman is trying to disguise herself as a child, expect her to sport pigtails. Also can be found on an older woman if the writers want the audience to grasp that she's child-like
in temperament: playful, fun, and possibly innocent. (If the character is evil, this may indicate that she is a Psychopathic Womanchild
to some degree.)
Could also show up on a Little Miss Badass
Pigtails are commonly found on Tsunderes
, either full pigtails or a variation ("Tsundere Tails"), which leaves the majority of the hair down with tails on each side of the head. This may be to indicate her childish
temperament: prone to physically expressing displeasure and temper tantrums; or to symbolize her dual nature (tsun-tsun/dere-dere). Twintails are one of the three parts
of the ultimate Grade S Zettai Ryouiki
(the other two being Grade A Zettai Ryouiki
attire and Tsundere
Can be combined with Regal Ringlets
, in which case they're indicative of both high social status and youth, perhaps suggesting the wearer is a spoiled child. When the tails are impossibly huge and curled, then it's Mega Twintails
, which indicates a compromise between femininity and tomboyishness. Another popular variation is replacement or pairing with loads and loads of hair decs.
This is a very common trope in porn to make older actresses appear younger, especially when paired with a Sexy Schoolwoman
Note that this trope is not absolute, many girly girls
wear completely different hairstyles and is also commonly found among many tomboyish
girls (Often combined with Braids of Action
as the image for the Tomboy
page shows), probably to show that despite their masculine hobbies they may have some girly streak
A Super Trope
to Mega Twintails
. Compare Tomboyish Ponytail
and Tomboyish Sidetails
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- The iconic symbol of Wendy's hamburger chain is a drawing of a young redheaded girl with such pigtails (ostensibly a depiction of Dave Thomas' daughter, who the chain is named after).
Anime & Manga
- Archie Comics' Betty Cooper can be seen with this hairstyle sometimes, though she usually prefers the single ponytail. She fits the "tomboy" stereotype to a T, though this is usually her girlish, younger side showing.
- When Archie was genderswapped his female version, Archina, wore pigtails to exagerrate her youthfulness and because Archie is a de facto All-American Boy.
- Jules from Bazooka Jules has two small pigtails that grow all the way down to the floor when her powers activate. She can be a little childish at times and despite being a teenager she's still into Hello Kitty.
- Ivy the Terrible, a preschool-age tomboy who used to appear in The Beano, had her hair in bunches, which generally followed her motion-lines to emphasise how active she was. Minnie the Minx, another tomboy from the same comic (probably around ten) has more constrained pigtails (which may actually be plaits, Depending on the Artist) with bows at the end.
Films — Animation
- Maria Posada as a child in The Book Of Life. Averted, as even at that age Maria's personality was basically the same as when she grew up; she loved swordfights and Manolo's music, and was very outspoken on her views of marriage.
- Sheeta in Castle in the Sky... at least until Colonel Muska shoots them off — which, not coincidentally, comes at the point where Sheeta stops running and confronts him for the last time.
- Tiana as a child in The Princess and the Frog.
Films — Live-Action
- Evey in V for Vendetta disguises herself as an underage prostitute for a priest. Part of her costume is pigtails, the other part is a Catholic schoolgirl outfit.
- Claudia from Interview with the Vampire starts as an innocent girl, but when turned to a vampire she gradually becomes more jaded and evil while retaining the appearance of a child.
- Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed is another subversion, looking like an innocent child but being evil underneath.
- The Rock (1996). The wife of the FBI agent (played by Nicolas Cage) wore these while having sex with him.
- Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass sports these when out of her superhero costume.
- Amy, the young Mafia Princess in Casino, perhaps showing she's one of the few truly innocent people in this movie.
- Cthulhu (2007). Worn by Tori Spelling's character when she tries to seduce the protagonist. When that doesn't work (as he's gay) she resorts to other methods.
- The Legend of Billie Jean has Putter with braided pigtails, played by Yeardley Smith who voices a little girl we all know and love in a prime time, long running animated sitcom.
- Lolita wears her hair in messy braids throughout the 1997 film which (along with an orthodontic retainer) are used to make the teenaged actress playing a girl who is twelve younger.
- Subverted later in the movie when Lolita is enrolled at Beardsley College; showing how Humbert is forcing Dolores to maintain a childlike appearance when (thanks to his actions) She Is All Grown Up.
- In the Coen Brothers' 2010 version of True Grit, 14-year-old Mattie wears her hair in two long braids. Naturally, it makes her demeanour all the more jarring.
- Emily Browning sports blonde pigtails to play the appropriately named Babydoll in Sucker Punch. The pigtails help convey her innocence. In the brothel world at least, she is a virgin.
- In the Deborah Kerr version of King Solomon's Mines, Elizabeth's brother suggests braiding her hair in pigtails to protect it from the humidity. She protests that she can't, as she's a grown woman. Apparently cutting off the hair is preferable to looking a little immature.
- Prim in the film version of The Hunger Games. Notable that she just has a ponytail in the sequel. Peeta also recalls a time from when Katniss was younger and had two braids instead of one.
- The Wheel of Time
- One of the Wise Ones threatens to do this to Egwene if she doesn't stop acting so childishly. (This threat is followed up on, with short skirt to match.)
- Aiel Maidens, who take Honor Before Reason to extremes, do this with the addition of carrying dolls after a particular failing.
- Pippi Longstocking, of course, is usually depicted with her red hair in two horizontal braided pigtails sticking out either side of her head. This is entirely in keeping with her zany, childish glee.
- Anne of Green Gables has the long, braided pigtails hanging down variant.
- An odd use: in Matilda by Roald Dahl, the evil schoolmistress Agatha Trunchbull hates pigtails and punishes all who wear them. A girl protests that her mother likes her pigtails. Trunchbull responds "yer mum's a twit!" Then she grabs the girls by the pigtails and throws her over a fence. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that a woman who hates everything about children would of course hate a childish hairstyle like pigtails.
- Mildred Hubble in The Worst Witch. In the spin-off to the television series adaptation Weirdsister College she cuts them off, which is probably symbolic of her growing up.
- Her best friend Maude sports the loose version of these for the first two books - but it has grown out by the third book and she braids them.
- In Anne Rice's hardcore-bondage-porn novel The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, in one bizarre pony-play scenario the heroine — aged FIFTEEN — is forced to wear her hair in braided pigtails that start near the top of her head, to make her look even younger than she is.
- Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. An Action Girl keeps her girlish pigtails as they help lower the tension a notch when meeting new clans.
- In Wayside School, Leslie has pigtails which Paul is tempted to pull. A stage adaptation gives her pigtails speaking parts.
- In the TV film adaptation of Flowers in the Attic Cathy is shown wearing pigtails in the first part of the film - to make the 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka look a little bit youngernote
- Soleil Moon Frye's character in both live-action and animated version of Punky Brewster. See above photo.
- Abby from NCIS often sports pigtails as a visual clue of her youthful personality.
- Ivy from Dollhouse similarly has pigtails, which suits her personality as the second least mature member of the Dollhouse staff. (The first being Topher.) Echo dressed as Kiki in the episode "Belle Chose" also sports them, to show how ditsy her persona is meant to be.
- One time on Murphy Brown, Corky was staying over at Murphy's home and acted as if it were a slumber party. Corky said, "We could braid each others hair!" and braided Murphy's into pigtails; when Eldon came over and saw Murphy, he said she looked "like an old Heidi."
- Sarah Walker from Chuck, when she's undercover as Weinerlicious girl and later, Orange Orange girl. Provides a great contrast to the sexy, sophisticated spy look she sports when it's time for missions.
- Subverted by the rogue Vala in Stargate SG-1, who is anything but childlike or innocent. Given the character, though, it's possible she's doing it deliberately to mess with people.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy sports pigtails during Giles' dream sequence in the episode "Restless". Buffy's attitude in the scene is that of a much younger child, and Giles is essentially her father.
- Buffy sports pigtails while working incognito at a Greasy Spoon.
- In the spinoff, Angel, Wesley ends up in a not-entirely-healthy relationship with Lilah, who is aware of Wesley's unrequited interest in Fred. So, just to get Wesley's gears spinning, she does a Fetish Fuel invoking impersonation, complete with pigtails to show how she sees Fred's relative immaturity.
- When Jordan from Scrubs is posing as a younger woman to impress her new gynecologist, she sports pigtails.
- Winifred on General Hospital regularly sports braided pigtails, which make her look like she's in her teens, when her actress is in her 30's.
- Twin braids is the Telenovela shorthand to say that the heroine is truly, totally innocent. Except in Maria Jose, where in addition to the innocence connotation it showed the indigenous roots of the heroine.
- In an episode of Arrested Development, Maeby tries to fool the security guard at her grandmother's apartment complex into giving her the mail by putting her hair in pigtails and riding up to the security booth on a razor scooter. Her response when he points out that she's a little old to be getting all that mail: "Babysit me!"
- On Heroes, during one flashback sequence, Claire's hair was put in pigtails to help make her appear about five years younger. Thick makeup was apparently used, too.
- La Chilindrina from El Chavo del ocho has pigtails that are always uneven (in early episodes, they used to be long twintails until El Chavo cut them short in a barber episode). La Popis also shares this hairdo, but her hair is so short that her pigtails are only noticeable in the animated version of the show. Since the cast of the show was composed entirely by adults, this hairdo served as one of the visual clues to identify these characters as young and immature.
- Rikki Chadwick from H2O: Just Add Water frequently wears her hair in pigtails. Ironically she is the most tomboyish of the group but is the most free spirited as well.
- Phoebe, the most free-spirited of the girls on Friends occasionally wears her hair in pigtails.
- Mona Vanderwaal from "Pretty Little Liars" displayed two pigtails, as well as glasses, in flashbacks prior to Alison's disappearance, to emphasize her status as 'loser'.
- The Brady Bunch:
- Cindy Brady wore these for three whole seasons to keep up the appearance of The Cutie, much to the chagrin of actress Susan Olsen. In season 4 they were changed to braided pigtails, and finally she got to start wearing her hair down in the last half of season 5.
- Maureen McCormick also wore pigtails for virtually all of Season 1. She let her hair down for only a couple of scenes, including one where Marcia was going to the school dance, before wearing her hair down to start Season 2. Eve Plumb wore her hair in a clip for most Season 1 episodes, but wears pigtails during the Grand Canyon episodes.
- Buffy in Family Affair, even as the actress grew up.
- Liz Skinner in 1970 Brit sci-fi Timeslip has girlish braids. Partly to identify her as a bit of a tomboy (though not as noticeably as some tomboys on television), but mostly to make her look younger. Her character was originally written to be just 12 years old, but later scripts revised her age up to 15; the reason for this being that the actress chosen was actually 18 at the time, and it was all they could do to convincingly make her look 15.
- Laura Quinones in Carrusel wears this hairstyle. She is one of the girlier girls in the class, as well as rather immature (except for being very precocious when it came to romance), and not a good student.
- In the first season premiere of Terra Nova, Maddie is shown with pigtails at first, in order to make her seem older after the 2 year Time Skip. Zoe also often sports them, but that's because she's 7.
- Olive on A.N.T. Farm sports pigtails as a part of her little girl disguise on the episode FraudulANT.
- Mythbuster Kari Byron, practically Once an Episode. Sometimes it's for style, and sometimes just to keep her hair out of her face (or the machinery), but it always indicates that the build team is deliberately hamming things up or testing something particularly outlandish.
- Miley Cyrus' appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (yeah, that one) had her wearing pigtails shaped like a teddy bear's ears, fitting the "dancing teddy bear" theme of the performance.
- On Electra Woman And Dyna Girl, Dyna Girl has very long pigtails.
- Much like the example above, females in wrestling, especially during various kinds of "costume" matches, will pull their hair into pigtails for the sake of the outfit.
- Rare Male Example: "Exotic" Adrian Street wore these as part of his Gorgeous George persona.
- During her first year in the WWF, Molly Holly regularly wore her blond hair in pigtails. She even wore them again when she reprised her original persona at WrestleMania 25. Her character was that of a sweet country bumpkin - who was the Token Wholesome in contrast to the rest of the vampy Divas.
- Shark Boys are blue or silver. Shark Girls are pink. But if you're color blind, Shark Girls also have pig tails.
- Loca, one half of Women Of Wrestling's first tag team champions, Caged Heat and alumna of WWA Mexico, had four pig tails.
- At GCW Adults F-N Only #7, MsChif figured she left a bad first impression on new arrival New-Age Retro Hippie Daizee Haze and decided to "correct" it by skipping around while wearing a giant pair of pigtails. Haze was not amused.
- Taken up to eleven, or ten, by Claudia Del Solis, who seems to have worn as many as ten braided pig tails. Presumably, they are extensions.
- Gail Kim often wears her hair in pigtails when she wrestles and she makes them badass. She won the first TNA Knockouts title while her hair was in pigtails as a matter of fact.
- Leva Bates has a set of ring gear prominently featuring pink skulls with pigtails, and is known for wearing her hair that way too.
- AJ Lee tends to favour these. She's frequently mistaken for much younger than she actually is, so this is probably to emphasise that.
- Tamina Snuka of all people sported these when she fell in love with Santino
- Mia Yim sometimes wrestled in pigtails, such as in 2014 when she won the SHINE Championship in China.
- Both Dixie Kong and Trixie Kong have these in the Donkey Kong series. They both can also spin their pigtails around for slower descents and limited flight, respectively.
- Etna of Disgaea. She's also a Tsundere.
- Mint from Threads of Fate. She's incredibly selfish and childish, too.
- Pandora of Death Jr., who is also a little bit of a Creepy Child.
- Jeanette from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines fits into the "Tsundere" type.
- Lilli from Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes.
- Aika from Skies of Arcadia, which suits her outgoing and slightly childish personality.
- And, being Aika's Expy, Penelo of Final Fantasy XII sports them as well.
- Presea from Tales of Symphonia, although her youthful personality is apparent in the second game.
- In Before Crisis, one of the prequel games to Final Fantasy VII, Elena appears as a student, complete with pigtails and a schoolgirl uniform.
- Cammy and Rainbow Mika from the Street Fighter series have versions of this hairdo. While Cammy's braids seem to be there just to emphasize that she's young, Mika's twin tails seem to hint at her personality, which contrasts with her being one of the largest females, in more ways than one.
- Momo Karuizawa from Project Justice has these, which fit her very youthful appearance.
- Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue has very long twintails and is predictably a Tsundere as well as a badass Elegant Gothic Lolita Vampire princess.
- Liliane Vehlendorf of Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy is an Ojou (complete with a Meido Mana) as well as an extreme case of both the TsunTsun and DereDere sides of the spectrum, and she sports these pigtails.
- Edy Nelson from Valkyria Chronicles has a hairdo like this. She's also immature. Alecia also sports them, but it seems more to highlight her innocence than anything else.
- Talim and Amy in almost all their appearances in the Soul Series (Amy takes this a step further), and Tira in Soulcalibur IV. All three characters are purportedly cute girls aged 17 or younger.
- In Persona 4, Rise Kujikawa wears her hair in high pigtails to emphasize her girly Idol Singer self. There's also Nanako, but she has pigtails because she really is a little girl.
- Bastila Shan of Knights of the Old Republic has very short pigtails.
- Subverted by Paragon Branka of Dragon Age: Origins. Technically, she wears her hair in pigtails, but there's no sign of the usual girlish innocence associated with this style: she's an evil and somewhat Ax-Crazy Mad Scientist.
- Vanille in Final Fantasy XIII. She's portrayed as both child-like and childish by the game.
- Britney Bloodrose from All Points Bulletin, ditzy rich teenager playing gangster for fun.
- Jessica from Dragon Quest VIII, even though she's an adult and quite buxom as well. Bonus points for being a Tsunde-redhead.
- Marine the Raccoon from Sonic the Hedgehog is a very childish Genki Girl.
- Anise from Tales of the Abyss is the Token Mini-Moe of the bunch.
- Elise sports these in Tales of Xillia 2, which could be viewed as being symbolic of her having gotten over her shyness issues from the first game. You can also give them to anyone in the party (Guys included) once you find the appropriate accessory.
- Uriel Chuluun in Rift, who's the rebellious daughter of a Defiant leader and (based on some of her dialogue) possibly a borderline Psychopathic Womanchild.
- The Spiral Tailed Helm in Spiral Knights sports huge pigtails, providing characters with a feminine appearance.
- Ar tonelico's Misha bears the rare tomboyish braided pigtails.
- Dark Souls: This is one of the female hairstyles players can choose. According to Miyazaki, a female graphic artist asked that this hairstyle be included when she had to leave development due to illness.
- Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw sports these, along with the requisite child-like girlishness.
- Rebecca Walsh from Rumble Roses displays pigtails in two different colors depending on how you pick her: red as Candy Cane (the tomboyish Tsundere Punk Rocker, which is her default), or blond as Becky (the girlish cheerleader).
- Midori from the Guitar Hero series, emphasizing her Genki Girl nature.
- Pretty much every game that offers a Virtual Paper Doll mode will let you put pigtails on your female character. There are even some, like Pro Evolution Soccer, where you can have your created players wear them! (bear in mind that most soccer games are Always Male, and this one's no exception).
- Komachi Onozuka of the Touhou Project. She also wields a rather hefty scythe.
- Hatate Himekaidou, Aya's rival, who is often portrayed in fanon as younger and less experienced than Aya.
- Nitori Kawashiro, Rin Kaenbyou, and Sakuya Izayoi as well.
- The female protagonists of the Johto Pokémon games have pigtails.
- Ling Xiaoyu from the Tekken series has them to go with her Genki Girl disposition.
- Squigly from Skullgirls sports these, at least until her parasite Leviathan pops one off so she too can see.
- Jinx, the Loose Cannon from League of Legends, whose long, braided pigtails reach almost down to her feet. They look very similar to Cammy's from the Street Fighter series.
- Certain female Inklings from Splatoon have these (though they're technically tentacles).
- Makoto, of Kanon fame. She is largely a moe character though, albeit still with some slight tsundere-tendencies.
- Although it's hard to tell, Kotomi has these. Definitely the childish kind, as she's been sort of caught up in the past since her parents died.
- Also, Sunohara's little sister Mei, though she's actually a child.
- Partially subverted with Rin Tohsaka in Fate/stay night. She's a sharp-witted and sharp-tongued young woman, but for all of her maturity she's a young girl at heart. Also a Grade S Zettai Ryouiki.
- Satsuki Yumizuka from Tsukihime. She's the only (well, sort of. She was supposed to be, anyway) love interest who actually does start basically normal and unaware of all the bad things going around. Bets on a hairstyle change if she "lives" to feature in Tsukihime 2?
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni:
- Ange Ushiromiya is probably one of the more mature and level-headed characters, but she still uses hair clips that Battler gave her when she was much younger. Lampshaded by a few characters who say they make her look very childish.
- Asmodeus has long ones, while Beelzebub has Mega Twintails.
- Erika has looong twintails (in the manga they actually reach to her ankles).
- Coco in Ever17. She's 14, looks 9 and acts 5. Most of the time, anyway.
- Miyuki of Tokimeki Memorial not only combines this with You Gotta Have Blue Hair, but also with Anime Hair.
- Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai has Kokoro Fushikawa, who has twin tails almost longer than herself, even with the odangos she usually wears.
- Little Busters!: Sasami has the half-up kind, as fitting her Tsundere personality. Komari also has little pigtails with hair decs on either side of her short hair, though they're not very big - in this case, childishness is definitely the intended impact.
- Asa and Yoru in If My Heart Had Wings both have long twintails. They're also both the youngest girls in the cast, though Yoru actually has a mature personality that belies her appearance.
- Lawn Justice. Shelly's pigtails are her trademark, making her age (29!) even more shocking.
- Wannabe Wiccan Girl from Queen of Wands, in this case also indicating her extraordinarily ditzy mindset.
- The Order of the Stick
- Haley's Optimism Alter Ego is depicted as a young girl with pigtails. In #681, it's shown that Haley used to have that hairstyle.
- Subverted with Tsukiko, who is an evil cleric/wizard, a convicted criminal, and a necrophiliac. But also kind of immature, so it sort of fits with the Psychopathic Womanchild angle.
- Roy's mother, Sara Greenhilt, also sports Girlish Pigtails in her afterlife incarnation. Despite Sara dying as a gray-haired old woman, she never stopped seeing herself as the 19-year-old she once was.
- anti-HEROES has Zurie. This is to denote that despite being a high-ranking member of the Ivory Veil, she's still quite immature. Her bunches also have shades of Regal Ringlets.
- Missi, the young Genki Girl from Misfile has pigtails, that sometimes appear to move with her mood.
- In Dubious Company, Tiren braids Elly's hair with these, as part of a drunken prank. Unfortunately for him, she got the hair-ties from Walter's Cursed MagiTek Room.
- Ears for Elves: Myari has a very long version of these; they're at the angle of odango, just without the buns.
- The Last Days of FOXHOUND depicts The Boss with a pair in her youth.
- Griffon of Rooster Teeth Comic drew herself with pigtails, even though in real life she usually wore a ponytail. It ties in with her more Woman Child depiction in the comic, when in real life she's viewed as an Action Girl.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly the Monster and her clone/sister Golly both have manes of fur naturally shaped like bunched pigtails—which reflects their youth and immaturity.
- This is the trademark look for Hope from Alone in a Crowd although she prefers to call them "Hopetails".
- Amber from Matchu has gigantic pigtails that reach the floor.
- This is one of the most common appearances for female characters in Mountain Time. However, it's done more to emphasize their sex (the main difference between males and females in the comic is that the latter is always shown wearing a skirt) rather than to suggest youthfulness or innocence. In one comic, the pigtailed female comes off a bit like a prostitute. Or not. It's hard to say.
- Lilith Winterhill of In Wilys Defense, a sign of her immaturity.
- Trope-tan is sort of an example, which says a lot about us if you think about it. (Even though her hair is really supposed to represent Lumper vs. Splitter.)
- The Nostalgia Chick. As time went on, it was to show that even though she tries to be adult, she's really a childish sociopath. When Chick as a good person appeared in the Critic's holiday special, she had a neat ponytail.
- Nella and Elisa had their turn when they did parody commercials for "realistic baby dolls". Baby Colic, Baby Scarred For Life, Baby Death Wish... that kinda thing.
- Pictures of Doki has her donning these and this is sort of a subversion because she is an adult, not a child, though apparently they are to show that she is, at times, rather girlish
- Some of the other ones might don these.
- Then there is Brownie and, actually, this is inverted because she is an adult but is more like a bratty teenager and can be passed off as one, though, she did wear these as a child.
- In Noob Couette wears pigtails and started out as a Distaff Counterpart to the franchise Man Child. Incidentally, "couette" in the French word for the hairstyle.
- Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls. While all the girls are in grade school, Bubbles acts the youngest.
- Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series didn't have pigtails at first, but her partly childlike behavior seemed to warrant them (and they fit with the hat). She also didn't have them when she was a psychiatrist. Like pretty much everything else about her, this was ported to the comics.
- Penny, Gadget's young niece from Inspector Gadget. In the sequel-ish spinoff series, she upgrades to slightly less girlish ones◊.
- Dee-Dee from Dexter's Laboratory. She's older than Dexter, but acts more like a little girl.
- Brittany from Daria certainly fits the "blissful ignorance" version.
- Meng from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Immature she certainly is.
- Transformers Animated
- Eight-year-old Sari has them, but keeps them even after she upgrades herself into a teenager. They're still there even when she transforms to robot mode.
- Also Professor Princess, who's definitely childish.
- Miko Nakadai from Transformers Prime.
- Box Lunch from Danny Phantom. Fitting since she is the youngest ghost to appear in the series.
- Sonia and Leah Glady from the French cartoon La Famille Glady. Weirdly, Sonia is actually Leah's mother, and yet she uses very childish 'tails.
- Loopy from Life with Loopy, fitting, as she's the youngest kid in the show (at seven).
- Despite being at least 14, Hay Lin of W.I.T.C.H. goes through various forms of pigtails during the series. The comic DOES show her with her hair down at certain points, but for the most part, she has her hair up in pigtails.
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Numbuh Three's younger sister Mushi, who is a young girl with a peppy and childish personality. Subverted in that she turns out to be mean and calculating.
- Numbuh Three herself used to sport these when she was younger; although she grew out of the pigtails, she didn't grow out of her childlike behaviour. She's also a Type B Tsundere.
- Vicky's little sister Tootie in The Fairly OddParents.
- Vendetta of Making Fiends (one of the character refers to her as "the pigtailed one") though obviously being an Enfante Terrible, she is a subversion.
- Ashley Spinelli of Recess wears pigtails, but isn't girly at all. Though she is (month wise) the youngest of the gang. Gretchen has pigtails as well, but doesn't fall under any archetype.
- Both Katie and Sadie of Total Drama Island, fitting their childish personalities.
- Megan's younger sister Molly from My Little Pony And Friends.
- Dodie from As Told by Ginger as she is the perkiest and most immature of the Power Trio. When she starts in high school she wears her hair down. In fact whenever her hair is out of its pigtails, she appears to be trying to act more grown up or sophisticated.
- Miranda puts her hair in these when she and Darren start dating.
- In Barbie And The Secret Door, the Big Bad, Malucia, has huge purple pigtails twice the size of her head.
- Angelica's pigtails in Rugrats seem to serve as a contrast to her true nature; the adults think she's a sweet innocent girl while she's actually a spoilt little bully.