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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 GranolaGirl or {{tomboy}} connotation. The hair must be gathered above the top 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 [[OdangoHair two buns on either side of the head]] (which if combined with the twin tails yields a [[Franchise/SailorMoon 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 [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]] to some degree.)

Could also show up on a LittleMissBadass.

Pigtails are commonly found on {{Tsundere}}s, 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 child''ish'' temperament: prone to physically expressing displeasure and temper tantrums; or to symbolize her dual nature (tsun-tsun/dere-dere). Twintails are one of the [[RuleOfThree three parts]] of the ultimate Grade S ZettaiRyouiki (the other two being Grade A ZettaiRyouiki attire and {{Tsundere}} attitude).

Can be combined with RegalRinglets, 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 MegaTwintails, which indicates a compromise between femininity and tomboyishness. Another popular variation is replacement or pairing with [[HairDecorations 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 [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule Sexy Schoolwoman]] outfit.

Note that this trope is not absolute; many [[GirlyGirl girly girls]] wear completely different hairstyles and is also commonly found among many [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyish]] girls (Often combined with BraidsOfAction as the image for the {{Tomboy}} page shows), probably to show that despite their masculine hobbies they may have some [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak girly streak]].

A SuperTrope to MegaTwintails. Compare TomboyishPonytail. Not to be confused with a literal meaning of "twin tails" where a creature or character has [[MultipleTailedBeast two or more tails]].

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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, whom the chain is named after).

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* Hinata Kawamoto from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', who's a middle-schooler going through the many follies of her youth such as teenagers' generalized lack of punctuality and the fumbles experienced during her first crush, sports these most of the time.
* Mikan from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. Then again, she ''is'' still a very young girl.
* The {{Tsundere}} FriendlySniper of Night Raid, Mine, from ''Manga/AkameGaKill''.
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'',
** Akari, being a classically childish character.
** Aika has them too until she [[spoiler:burns her hair]]. She is definitely more of a {{tsundere}}, though.
* Aria Kanzaki and Riko Mine from ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' both sport twin tails, Aria being a tsundere and Riko being straight-out immature and bratty.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
** Seychelles sports low twintails with big ribbons.
** The strip that introduces Liechtenstein showed that she used to have long twin braids before cutting her hair to resemble more her brother Switzerland.
** Also, the author's own GenderBender version of the characters shows England as a {{meganekko}} with twin tails, and given that male England is normally quite Tsundere by himself...
** In a recent blog update, [[http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/2994/canakosan.jpg a female Canada]] has these as well.
** [[GenkiGirl Taiwan]] temporarily got this hairstyle during the Hetaween special to go along with her IdolSinger costume (complete with ZettaiRyouki).
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Chiyo-chan, who skipped to high school when she was 10.
** Yomi has them in the supplementary lessons.
* Runo from ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''. Yep, yet another {{Tsundere}}.
* Shiroyama of ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has a cute pair of pigtails, complete with bows in them. Oh, by the way, ''[[http://images.wikia.com/beelzebub/images/a/a7/Takeshi_Shiroyama.png this]]'' is Shiroyama. Later on, there's Futaba and Chiyo, both of whom are four year old girls, and Azusa from St. Ishiyama, who's [[TheDitz a cheerful ditz]].
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', [[TheBaroness Balalaika's]] StartOfDarkness episode "Little Soldier Girls" reveals that she wore her hair like this prior to enlisting in the Soviet Special Forces. This serves to highlight the contrast between the innocent girl that she was, and the nihilistic BloodKnight that she becomes.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Soifon, Hiyori, Riruka, Ururu and Yuzu; the former three are {{Tsundere}} while the other two are {{Kawaiiko}}.
** Also Riruka Dokugamine, a straight-up {{Tsundere}}, and Loly Aivirrne, an older {{Yandere}}.
* Kaho in ''Manga/BlendS'' {{invoke|dtrope}}s this trope. She took up this hairstyle under the recommendation of her employer, since her position involves playing a {{Tsundere}} role in a CosplayCafe.
* The homonymous protagonist from ''Anime/CandyCandy'', emphasizing her optimism and youthfulness.
* In ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'', Hikari and Hana are straight examples of these, as they are a fifth-grade girl and a smitten teenager respectively. Akane is a downplayed case as she tied her pigtails from the bottom to [[DefiedTrope avoid this trope's association with girlishness]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', several characters uses this look at different times:
** Most obvious is Nina Einstein, a shy wallflower whose look emphasizes her relative GenericCuteness vs. her more buxom friends. She goes for a more mature look after things [[FromBadToWorse go horribly wrong, and she continues to lose her innocence]].
** Shirley also has the look occasionally, emphasizing her [[{{Moe}} moe appeal]], as well as wearing twin Celtic braids on occasion.
** Nunnally also sports the same type of hairstyles as Shirley (twin pigtails in some audio dramas, and the braids near the R2 finale).
** And although it may be overlooked, both Marianne vi Britannia and [[spoiler:her SoulJar]], Anya Alstreim, have the version that emphasizes their girlishness. In [[http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com:81/images/Codegeass/Anya.jpg Anya's]] case, the look may have been influenced by the one Marianne wore [[http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:aic81d3KRcnP8M:http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r171/BoyzSuck24/Code%20Geass/o782lx.jpg&t=1 in her youth]] as a Knight of Rounds.
** Alice, from ''Manga/NightmareOfNunnally'', also wears Girlish Pigtails. In her case, it emphasizes her tomboyish and slightly {{Tsundere}} nature as opposed to Nunnally's epic {{Moe}}. In the end, [[ImportantHaircut both characters cut their hair]]. Ironically, it makes Alice resemble her dead sister and Nunnally resemble her 7-year-old self (pre-blindness)... who wore Girlish Pigtails...
* As a little girl, Rosette from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' had twin braids. As she got older, she wore two pigtails at the top, but keeping the rest of her hair out and flowing, probably signifying that she's still somewhat innocent (being a nun and an idealist), but maturing into adulthood, as well. (Not to mention she's more than a little {{Tsundere}}.) In the manga's epilogue, she's shown in her twenties with the pigtails missing completely.
* Sakura Yoshino in ''VisualNovel/DaCapo''. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she never ages, and that she permanently looks young. By ''VisualNovel/DaCapoII'', she is in her sixties yet she looks shorter and younger than Yume.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Misa has a pigtail-variation hairstyle. It's interesting to note that she eventually grows out of the Baby Spice look and starts wearing her hair loose and dressing in clothes that are more preppy-cute and less [[ElegantGothicLolita GothLoli]], possibly in order to be taken seriously as an actress. Once she [[spoiler:gives up her Death Note and its associated memories]], she goes back to the pigtails and it seems like any maturity she might have had vanishes into thin air.
* Somewhat subverted with Lenalee from ''Manga/DGrayMan''; while she exhibits a sweet personality, she can and ''will'' mess you up if you threaten her or her friends. (The twintails were later [[CloseCallHaircut sheared off]] after a battle, resulting in her having BoyishShortHair from episodes 63-103, and eventually growing that into a bob hairstyle at the end of the 2006 series and carrying it over into the 2016 seriers, ''Hallow''.)
* Shizuka Minamoto from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''.
* Videl has pigtails in her first few episodes of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. She had them cut mostly because she blackmailed Gohan into training her in using his abilities and he had pointed out that long hair is distracting for flying, much to her annoyance. [[spoiler:(She had thought he ''liked'' girls with short hair.)]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Lucy's signature hairstyle used to be one pigtail at her right temple and the rest of her hair loose, but post-TimeSkip, she has taken a liking to this trope and almost always has her hair in two pigtails at her backhead. Wendy, who is the TokenMiniMoe of the series, also regularly wears her long hair in pigtails.
* RobotGirl Drossel from ''Anime/{{Fireball}}'' has two long metal flaps attached to her head, which look suspiciously like pigtails. She is arguably the {{tsundere}}-type.
* Tazusa from ''LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope'' has these. [[SarcasmMode Shockingly]], her personality is disturbingly similar to that of a {{Tsundere}}.
* Kirin of ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' wears short pigtails and is the least mature of the cast.
* Wendy Garret of ''Anime/GunXSword'' sports twin braids which suspiciously resemble the mascot of a certain hamburger chain. They tend to make her look even younger than her implied age (probably early teens), and on the rare occasions when she wears her hair down, she looks older -- so much so that in one scene, her traveling companion fails to recognize her without the pigtails.
* ''Manga/HaouAiren'': Kurumi, though technically speaking she's 17 and thus a little old for the style. She wears them to emphasize her youth and innocence in contrast to the CrapsaccharineWorld she winds up in, and keeps them even as she loses said innocence through all the BreakTheCutie.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Haruhi invokes this with Mikuru's waitress {{Cosplay}} outfit, in order to enhance the {{Moe}} in Mikuru's look.
** Haruhi herself, before cutting her hair, also used to wear pigtails on occasion when she entered North High, as part of her routine of changing hairstyles according to the day of the week.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''
** Nagi is both a {{Tsundere}} and a somewhat innocent little girl.
** Izumi and Ayumu both share the "innocent young girl" and [[EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs hair decorations]] look without the {{tsundere}} or length to take away from it.
* Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Izumi Hashima from ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' sport this hairstyle. Eriri is the tsundere, and Izumi is the youngest member of the cast.
* ''LightNovel/IfHerFlagBreaks'': Kurumiko has this hair style, which fits her cheerful personality. Hakua has pigtails as well, fitting her child-like behavior.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' Rin, the youngest, most innocent girl in the main cast, wears half of her bangs up in a haphazard little clump of a pigtail near the front of her head. This could possibly be considered a TomboyishPonytail but it is too small and though Rin isn't by any means a refined young lady, she's not exactly a tomboy.
* Nanao of ''Manga/JunsuiAdolescence'' is a {{Tsundere}} with pigtails. The other tsundere Kiiko is also briefly shown with these.
* Ritsuko from ''Manga/KidsOnTheSlope'' wears her hair in pigtails, which when combined with her YouthfulFreckles gives her a HollywoodHomely look. She bemoans how she isn't as 'pretty' as her urban-born friend. [[spoiler:As an adult she wears her hair short, in a pixie cut,]]
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'':
** Alice is a pigtail-wearing TheIngenue, while Aya is a pigtail-wearing "girly girl" out of a TomboyAndGirlyGirl pair.
** Youko, the resident {{tomboy}}, {{invoked|trope}} this when she [[FemininityFailure tries imitating Aya in order to be more "ladylike"]].
* Azusa in ''Manga/KOn'' has these. Fittingly, she's the closest thing the group has to a {{Tsundere}}. Hilariously, the first time she's seen playing a guitar, [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page and Robert Plant]] are shown as a background image, both with enormous pigtails.
* Konata from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' straight-up calls Kagami a {{Tsundere}} for being moody and having pigtails. On the other hand, Yutaka's pigtails carries the ''innocence'' connotation. This duality was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when the Hiiragi sisters exchanged hairstyles and Konata thought Tsukasa looks [[UpToEleven infantile]] in pigtails. In another episode, Kagami floats the idea of cutting her hair and Konata begs her not to because "pigtails are the classic {{Tsundere}} hairstyle!"
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Nanoha and Fate themselves had them as a children. They switched to a side-ponytail and straight hair, respectively, as teenagers and adults, although they do still have them in their battle outfits until post-''[=StrikerS=]''. [[HasTwoMommies Their daughter Vivio]] takes to wearing her hair [[HereditaryHairstyle the same way that Nanoha did]] (with longer hair).
** Vita and Teana Lanster, resident {{tsundere}}s. Teana eventually drops hers as a sign of maturity after the events of ''[=StrikerS=]''.
** Quattro has pigtails as a part of her {{Kawaiiko}} persona. She gets rid of them [[TheGlassesComeOff along with her glasses]] at the end when she's the last villain remaining to show that she's serious.
* A lot of MagicalGirl leads favor the Girlish Pigtails to emphasize their youth, innocence, and cuteness (though there are [[LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan also]] [[Anime/ShamanicPrincess plenty]] [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha who]] [[Anime/BlackRockShooter subvert]] it by having a different personality type):
** In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the title character has her famous combo of {{Odango}} and twintails, and Chibi-Moon's hairstyle is based on her mother's, but is more poofy and pigtail-like -- Chibi of course being a small child, and Usagi being rather childish in attitude.
** The other contender for Most Famous Magical Girl, ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', actually has BoyishShortHair. However, BrattyHalfPint Meilin does have OdangoHair, though she doesn't have magical powers.
** In ''Manga/ShugoChara'', Amu's innocent and cutesy Amulet Clover form has pigtails, as does the incredibly immature Yuki Yaya. Also, the {{tsundere}}-ish Utau Hoshina, Amu's younger sister Ami, [[spoiler:Amu's Amulet Diamond form, and Diamond have them too, although Diamond is a definite aversion.]]
** [[TheDitz Madoka Kaname]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', for the childish connotation. [[spoiler:[[AntiHero Homura Akemi]]]], of all people, used to have them before... well, her [[BreakTheCutie cutie breakage]] happened.
*** In the SpinOff manga, ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', [[DarkMagicalGirl Yuuri]] has them. [[spoiler: ''[[IJustWantToBeYou Both]]'' [[DeadPersonImpersonation Yuuris.]]]]
*** [[TokenMiniMoe Yuma Chitose]] in ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica''.
** Anime/MajokkoTickle has blonde pigtails and a mischievous trickster personality.
** Anime/MagicalAngelSweetMint is a CuteWitch with sea-green pigtails.
** Anime/AkazukinChacha is another pigtailed CuteWitch and an IneptMage to boot.
** [[TokenMiniMoe Hana-chan and Pop]] from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''.
** Lucia from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a pure-hearted ditz with blonde pigtails.
** Anime/PuniPuniPoemi has pink pigtails, though she's less childish and more just [[TheDitz downright stupid]].
** Being a partial expy of [[Franchise/SailorMoon Usagi]], Meirin from ''Anime/AskDrRin'' has {{Odango}} and twin braids.
** Princess Silver from ''Anime/YumeNoCrayonOukoku'' has silvery-pink pigtails.
** Amano from ''Anime/HappySeven'' is yet another Sailor Moon expy, complete with blonde pigtails and a ditzy personality.
** Fine from ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'' has extremely curly ones.
** Akane, the main heroine from ''Anime/VividredOperation'', has red short pigtails.
** Hibari, the heroine of ''Anime/CyberTeamInAkihabara'', is a redhead with Girlish Pigtails. However her teammate, Tsubame, [[DarkMagicalGirl subverts]] [[EmotionlessGirl the trope]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a lot.]]
** Miho of ''Anime/MagicalStageFancyLala'' has pigtails in her ordinary 9-year-old form, but loses them when she transforms into her OlderAlterEgo.
** Glenda, the DarkMagicalGirl from ''Anime/PetitePrincessYucie'', has the "immature, impulsive, and {{Tsundere}}-ish" variety of pigtails.
** Anime/NurseWitchKomugi has two teensy little pigtails sticking out of the sides of her head, with the rest of her hair in a braid.
** Mao of ''Anime/MaoChan'' is a clumsy yet adorable 8-year-old with pink pigtails.
** The heroine of ''Anime/{{Yadamon}}'' has green pigtails that can turn into wings.
** Anime/DevilHunterYohko is an odd example because while her show is much DarkerAndEdgier (and HotterAndSexier), Yohko herself is still a boy-crazy teenager who somewhat fits the trope.
** ''Anime/PrettyCure''. Oh, boy. ''Anime/PrettyCure''.
*** While ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' and ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' didn't have significant characters with pigtails (with the exception of Shiny Luminous in the former series), the pigtails started coming out with ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' with [[IdiotHero Nozomi]] (tiny ones in normal form, put into hoops as a Cure) and Urara (pigtails in both forms). [[ClingyJealousGirl Kurumi]] gains a set when she becomes Milky Rose in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo''.
*** [[AllLovingHero Love]] from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' has a small set in her normal form which ends up growing to ridiculous lengths when she becomes Cure Peach.
*** Tsubomi from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' gains a set when she meets up with Erika as part of a makeover, but loses it when she becomes Cure Blossom. On the other hand, Itsuki gains pigtails (along with a lot of hair) when she becomes Cure Sunshine, probably to emphasize her switch from crossdressing {{Bifauxnen}} to [[MinidressOfPower minidress]]-wearing Cure.
*** Hibiki from ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' has pigtails in both forms.
*** And [[LovableCoward Miyuki]] from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' continues the tradition, having pigtails in both forms. [[{{Ojou}} Reika]] kinda goes overboard in her Cure form - she gains ''four'' of them. And Nao's Cure form has both, a large TomboyishPonytail ''and'' fluffy pigtails.
*** Alice from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' has pigtails in both forms. TheHeroine Mana doesn't.
*** Hime from ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' has pigtails in the Cure form. TheHeroine Megumi doesn't.
*** A villain example would be Bibury in ''Anime/KiraKiraPrettyCureALaMode'', [[HeelFaceTurn she's currently getting better though]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Asuna, as the main {{Tsundere}}.
** The extremely childlike Fuka Narutaki. Her twin sister Fumika has OdangoHair.
** Also Anya, another {{Tsundere}}, this time [[TokenMiniMoe around the age of Negi]].
** Yue as well with her hair split at the bottom.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'':
** Mikoto, whose hair is mostly cut short except for two thin braids. The childish kind.
** A young Yukariko has a pair in the eleventh special, and her hair greatly resembles Mikoto's.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' offers a lethal example of this trope: The three Gamia sisters. They are three identical, blonde, [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots human-looking]] [[RobotGirl robots]], and each one wears ponytails that are long enough to touch the ground. Each strand of hair is made of RazorFloss and it is sharp enough to slice stones, metal... and, of course, human flesh. And they can move them at will. They showed up again in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' and ''Anime/ShinMazinger''.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130706030140/vocaloid/images/3/37/Takane_Enomoto_Kagerou_Days_manga.png Takane Enomoto]] and [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/3ca60c0dc8171c05e234f4943ca44390/tumblr_n50b432NfF1qbqs26o7_500.png Hiyori Asahina]] both sport this hairstyle. Coincidentally, both fit the Type-A description of {{Tsundere}} to a T.
* Nena Trinity from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' sports twin pigtails and while at first she looks cheery and innocent... she turns out to be a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]] who'd nuke a wedding party because she is tired. Oh dear.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Like ''Yotsuba'' above, Temari has quadruplet tails along with some Tsundere tendencies.
** Tsunade and Moegi also sport pigtails. Tsunade's are smaller and less obvious, possibly matching with the immaturity of her addiction to various vices and early tendency to run away from problems. Moegi is younger, and the pigtails correspondingly larger.
** Naruto's Sexy technique dons them. Seems to be in line with Naruto's immature personality.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Although it doesn't look like it (likely because they're so well-blended in), Asuka has pigtails. This is perhaps symbolic of her trying not to be a girl, but really is. Fittingly, it's the "tsundere tails" style, which she helped codify thanks to her [[{{Tsundere}} personality]].
** A more noticeable example would be Hikari who, along with the pigtails, comes with a {{Tsundere}} personality as well just like Asuka.
* Aoba Suzukaze of ''Manga/NewGame'' has her hair in pigtails, and is a high school graduate in a company full of young adults.
* Perona, one of the villains of the Thriller Bark arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' (specifically, TheDarkChick of Gecko Moria's FiveBadBand), has pigtails styled in RegalRinglets.
* Naturally, ''Anime/OreTwintailNiNarimasu'' is full of this trope.
* Cynthia Lane from ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'' sports a pair. This definitely highlights her immaturity along with [[spoiler:her inability to differentiate actual Overman combat from mecha video games.]]
* In ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', cutesy, bratty, ten-year-old Chururu has pigtails. She [[spoiler:stops wearing them when she grows up.]]
* Tomoka Osakada (12-year-old {{Tsundere}}) and Miyuki Chitose (10-year-old {{Bokukko}}) from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Kokoa from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''. Tsundere to the hilt (a trait which the manga and the anime address in opposite directions), loves her big sister Moka while at the same time wanting to defeat her in battle.
* Nodoka of ''Manga/{{Saki}}''. Seemed to be a contrast to her logical personality at first, until [[SchoolgirlLesbians her schoolgirl crush on Saki comes out]]. And then there's the penguin plushie.
-->'''Mako:''' ''(teasingly)'' How old ''are'' you?\\
'''Yuuki:''' ''(also teasingly)'' You're such a baby!\\
'''Nodoka:''' ''(in a huff while hugging her penguin)'' I'm going to sleep now! \\
'''Hisa:''' ''(thinking to herself while she watches everyone)'' Even though she's usually so resolute, Nodoka can be unexpectedly childish at times.
* Subverted by Meru in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has twintails and looks like a CuteMute until you get to know her. Total bitch.
* Eri from ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. {{Tsundere}} to the bone. [[UnluckyEverydude Harima]] only has eyes for [[GenkiGirl Tenma]], but Tenma thinks that he likes her sister [[YamatoNadeshiko Yakumo]]. Tenma sends Eri (who secretly has feelings for Harima) to question him about what kind of girl he likes, under some pretense that isn't important right now. Eri asks him what kind of hairstyle he likes for a girl, as he spots Tenma's signature pigtail hiding a few feet away and realizes what this is all about. He decides to drop an unsubtle hint by stating how he likes girls with pigtails -- without realizing that Eri also has pigtails. [[HilarityEnsues Cue Yakumo walking in with pigtails.]] (Notably each girl has very different styles of tails, with Tenma having ExpressiveHair and Eri being closer to RegalRinglets, while Yakumo normally wears her hair loose [[DontExplainTheJoke and seems to have only switched over for the sake of the gag]].)
* The title character of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. 'Nother {{Tsundere}}.
* Maka from ''Manga/SoulEater'', like Misa, has her hair in thin pigtails (however, they ''are'' her hair completely parted and tied, unlike a few streaks in Misa's case). She's generally nice, but... yeah, she also has her {{Tsundere}} streaks. Although, the pigtails may be more to signify her somewhat tomboyish personality (she never really shows interest in girlish things, and is more into defeating her enemies and becoming stronger and smarter).
* Yuria Misaka from ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199''.
* Luluco of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' has a single pigtail on her [[FashionableAsymmetry left side]] that signifies her [[NaiveEverygirl girlish immaturity]]. There's even a hole in her space helmet for it. [[spoiler: It turns into an IdiotHair when she becomes becomes Trigger-chan.]]
* ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' has Tamako, a simply, happy-go-lucky girl with pigtails.
* In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series, WordOfGod states that it's actually a custom for female Juraians, especially those in the Royal Family, to wear their hair in pigtails, thus explaining Sasami and Ayeka's hairstyle. However, it's more of "Let's not radically change them" when you get to ''Anime/PrettySammy'' or ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub''.
* This is used as a plot point in ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8.0''. Mari's four year old daughter wears pigtails. When Mari is told her daughter and mother were killed in an earthquake she's told to identify the bodies but can't bare to. The pigtails is enough evidence for her. [[spoiler:Mirai later finds Mirai's daughter alive later and identifies her by her hair]].
* Flute from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' sports these for a while, along with a pink hat, but later graduates to a different, more mature hat with her hair hanging loose.
* Kanako from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' traditionally wore pigtails ever since at least kindergarten, though she stopped putting her hair in pigtails once she became a high school freshman. On the other side Chiba wore pigtails in middle school (though only while at school), but they comes off as {{Tsundere}} pigtails.
* The title character of ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'' has a really weird variation. Probably supposed to [[ArtisticAge remind us that she's fifteen]].
* The title character from ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' (written by the same author as ''Azumanga Daioh''). She's five and very energetic and cheery.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** Betty Cooper can be seen with this hairstyle sometimes, especially in the 1960s, though she usually prefers a TomboyishPonytail. 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 exagerate her youthfulness and because Archie is a de facto [[TheAllAmericanBoy All-American Boy.]]
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", Cammie's younger cousin, bubbly and enthusiastic, wears her hair in twin braids.
* Jules from ''ComicBook/BazookaJules'' 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 Franchise/HelloKitty.
* Ivy the Terrible, a preschool-age tomboy who used to appear in ''Comicbook/TheBeano'', 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 ([[VagueAge probably]] around ten) has more constrained pigtails (which may actually be plaits, DependingOnTheArtist) with [[HairDecorations bows at the end]].
* Comicbook/HarleyQuinn usually has her hair done up like this however it's usually covered by her hat. She is an immature woman (or [[DependingOnTheWriter at least]] she [[ObfuscatingStupidity acts]] like one). This came in full effect after the ComicBook/New52, where she's done away with the jester cap and uses her half-black-half-red hair to replace it. In contrast, when she's depicted as "sane" or as a civilian, she is usually depicted with a more mature-looking ponytail.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', the main character has two little pigtails which make her look younger, so enhancing her civilian disguise.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Kara braids her hair into cute twin pigtails which make her look younger than she is.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', Katie and Sadie arrive on the island wearing their canonical pigtails, befitting their canonically childlike personalities. When they get makeovers that include ditching their pigtails for [[EightiesHair big hair]], they look "five years older than they had the day before", according to the Storyteller. Noah further lampshades this by saying, "The kiddies have grown up." Shortly thereafter, the "grown up" Katie and Sadie get caught up in one of the story's most grimly dramatic adventures--just in time for [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday Sadie's birthday]].
* As per canon, ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' fanfiction uses and abuses this trope heavily:
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Hikari wears this hairstyle. They make her seem younger, even though Touji calls her the "pigtailed dictator".
** ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka wears this hairstyle, even after becoming a mother, and she still wears them in her late twenties.
** ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'' makes a minor plot-point out of both Hikari and Asuka doing away with this look in favour of a more "adult"-looking hairstyle. In Hikari's case it's only for a special occasion, but Asuka has made it permanent.
** ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' Makes a plot point of Asuka ditching this look: After recovering from her [[HeroicBSOD break-down]] [[http://grummancat.deviantart.com/art/Asuka-Volume-3-403201817 she stopped wearing her hair in pigtails because she wanted to seem more mature]].
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': After the War Asuka kept wearing her hair braided in pigtails for many years.
** ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka is twenty-six-years-old, has got her hair cut… and she still wears pigtails right like when she was thirteen.
** ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Several characters wear this hairstyle: Asuka, Hikari, Sakura Suzuhara…
--->''She clapped with joy, pigtails bouncing, and he turned in horror and saw it.''
** In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', secondary character Hikari wears twin pig-tails, and she freely admits that hairstyle makes her seem more juvenile.
** In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Asuka wore this hairstyle when she was young. When she grew up, though, she had to get her hair cut [[spoiler: because her daughter kept pulling on it]]. She saw it as another aspect of her childhood fading, and was briefly rather upset about it... [[spoiler: Until Shinji said it made her "look like a mother".]]
** ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka usually wears this hairstyle -using her neural hairclips to braid her pigtails-. She only undoes her pigtails when she is acting as ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' and needs to hide her identity.
** In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', innocent, naive Hikari's twin pigtails is the first thing Shinji notices about her when he meets her.
* Nevada and Houston from ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'' keep their hair like this.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Maria Posada as a child in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. {{Averted|Trope}}, 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. WordOfGod says that hairstyle is meant to represent her love of [[{{Pun}} pigs]].
* Sheeta in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''... at least until Colonel Muska [[CloseCallHaircut shoots them off]] -- which, not coincidentally, comes at the point where Sheeta stops running and confronts him for the last time.
* Princess Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' sports braided pigtails, even into adolescence, as a way of emphasizing her innocence and naivete.
* Tiana as a child in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rhoda Penmark in ''Film/TheBadSeed'' is another subversion, looking like an innocent child but being evil underneath.
* Amy, the young MafiaPrincess in ''Film/{{Casino}}'', perhaps showing she's one of the few truly innocent people in this movie.
* ''Film/{{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 [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale resorts to other methods]].
* Prim in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. 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.
* Claudia from ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' 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.
* ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'': Shown on Julie when we first meet the girls.
* Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl in ''Film/KickAss'' sports these when out of her superhero costume.
* 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.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean'' has Putter with braided pigtails, played by Yeardley Smith who voices a little girl we all know and love [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons in a prime time, long running animated sitcom.]]
* Literature/{{Lolita}} wears her hair in messy braids throughout the 1997 film which (along with an orthodontic retainer) are used to make the [[DawsonCasting 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) SheIsAllGrownUp.
* ''Film/TheRock'' (1996). The wife of the FBI agent (played by Creator/NicolasCage) wore these while having sex with him.
-->"You like my pigtails, honey?"\\
"Yes, they're [[{{Fetish}} very naughty]]."
* Emily Browning sports blonde pigtails to play the appropriately named Babydoll in ''Film/SuckerPunch''. The pigtails help convey her innocence. In the brothel world at least, she is a virgin.
* In Creator/TheCoenBrothers' 2010 version of ''Film/TrueGrit'', 14-year-old Mattie wears her hair in two long braids. [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Naturally, it makes her demeanour all the more jarring.]]
* Evey in ''Film/VForVendetta'' disguises herself as an underage prostitute for a priest. Part of her costume is pigtails, the other part is a [[CatholicSchoolgirlsRule Catholic schoolgirl outfit]].
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': Dorothy sports braided pigtails throughout the first half of the film. After her makeover in the Emerald City she wears her hair down with a bow instead, but the pigtails have become far more iconic.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Jubilee sports these instead of the BoyishShortHair she usually wears in the comics and is significantly more girly here.

* In the ''A is for Amber'' books, a {{Prequel}} picture book series to the ''Literature/AmberBrown'' titles, Amber Brown sports these as a means of enhancing her DeliberatelyCuteChild appearance.
* Literature/AnneOfGreenGables has the long, braided pigtails hanging down variant.
* In Creator/AnneRice'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.
* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'': This is enforced with Mary Anne, whose strict father won't let her take down her pigtails even at age twelve. Her being allowed to wear her hair loose is a major point of character development.
* ''[[Literature/{{Emberverse}} Dies the Fire]]'' by Creator/SMStirling. An ActionGirl keeps her girlish pigtails as they help lower the tension a notch when meeting new clans.
* An odd use: in ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' by Creator/RoaldDahl, 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 girl by the pigtails and throws her over a fence. [[FridgeBrilliance When you think about it]], it makes perfect sense that a woman who hates ''everything'' about children -- [[FemaleMisogynist and girls in particular]] -- would of course hate a girlish hairstyle like pigtails.
* Literature/PippiLongstocking, of course, usually wears 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.
* In ''Literature/WaysideSchool'', Leslie has pigtails which Paul is tempted to pull. A stage adaptation gives her pigtails speaking parts, and the animated adaptation makes her pigtails controllable, demonstrated when Leslie played bongos with them.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** 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 [[AmazonBrigade Maidens]], who take HonorBeforeReason to extremes, do this with the addition of carrying dolls after a particular failing.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' doesn't specify Dorothy's hairstyle, but the original illustrator, W.W. Denslow, drew her with braided pigtails. This look became so iconic for her that almost every subsequent illustrator has followed suit, as did [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie.]]
* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch''
** Mildred Hubble; 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wesley ends up in a not-entirely-healthy relationship with [[DatingCatwoman Lilah]], who is aware of Wesley's unrequited interest in [[GenderBlenderName Fred]]. So, just to get Wesley's gears spinning, she does a fetish impersonation, complete with pigtails to show how she sees Fred's relative immaturity.
* Olive on ''Series/ANTFarm'' sports pigtails as a part of her little girl disguise on the episode [=FraudulANT=].
* In an episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', 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!"
* In ''Series/TheBigComfyCouch'', Loonette's signature hairstyle is pigtails sticking out from holes in her hat.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** Cindy Brady wore these for three whole seasons to keep up the appearance of TheCutie, 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.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** 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 GreasySpoon.
* Laura Quinones in ''Series/{{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.
* La Chilindrina from ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' 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.
* Sarah Walker from ''Series/{{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.
* Ivy from ''{{Series/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.
* On ''Series/ElectraWomanAndDynaGirl'', Dyna Girl has very long pigtails.
* Buffy in ''Series/FamilyAffair'', [[ContractualPurity even as the actress grew up.]]
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'': Judy Winslow wore her hair in braided pigtails in seasons one through three. Every single season one episode she had her hair in several braided pigtails with various colored ribbons and accessories, and many season two episodes had her wearing this hairstyle. Seasons two and three she often wore the more traditional two (or three) braided pigtails. Her hair was only seen down twice in seasons one through three. Her final season before she disappeared she wore her hair down, including in her opening title credit.
* In the TV film adaptation of ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' Cathy is shown wearing pigtails in the first part of the film - to make the 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka look a little bit younger[[note]]Cathy starts out as twelve and ages to fifteen within the story[[/note]]
* Phoebe, the most free-spirited of the girls on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' occasionally wears her hair in pigtails.
* Winifred on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' regularly sports braided pigtails, which make her look like she's in her teens, [[DawsonCasting when her actress is in her 30's]].
* Rikki Chadwick from ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' frequently wears her hair in pigtails. Ironically she is the most tomboyish of the group but is the most free spirited as well.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', during one flashback sequence, Claire's hair was put in pigtails to help make her appear about five years younger. [[UncannyValley Thick makeup was apparently used, too.]]
* One time on ''Series/MurphyBrown'', 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."
* Series/{{Mythbuster|s}} Kari Byron, practically OncePerEpisode. 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.
* Abby from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' often sports pigtails as a visual clue of her [[PerkyGoth youthful personality.]]
** Actress Paulie Perette mentioned in a behind-the-scenes short that she began braiding her pigtails because her long hair got caught by the wheels of Abby's mechanic roller-board.
* Mona Vanderwaal from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' displayed two pigtails, as well as glasses, in flashbacks prior to Alison's disappearance, to emphasize her status as 'loser'.
* Soleil Moon Frye's character in both live-action and animated version of ''Series/PunkyBrewster''. See above photo.
* When Jordan from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is posing as a younger woman to impress her new gynecologist, she sports pigtails.
* Subverted by the rogue Vala in ''Series/StargateSG1'', who is anything but childlike or innocent. Given the character, though, it's possible she's doing it deliberately to mess with people.
* Twin braids is the [[SoapOpera 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 the first season premiere of ''Series/TerraNova'', Maddie is shown with pigtails at first, in order to make her seem older after the 2 year TimeSkip. Zoe also often sports them, but that's because she's 7.
* 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.

* Chibi of Music/TheBirthdayMassacre wears her hair like this in some of their videos. Also occasionally combined with a school-girl outfit. All it does is make her look creepier. [[NightmareFetishist That was probably what she was aiming at, though]].
* Music/BritneySpears is both invoking and subverting this trope when she sings "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)" in pigtails.
* Emma Bunton, a.k.a. Baby Spice of the Music/SpiceGirls, especially in the early years.
* Music/MeghanTrainor: A few segments of “Lips Are Movin’” show her sporting this hairstyle.
* Music/MileyCyrus' appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards ([[NeverLiveItDown yeah, that one]]) had her wearing pigtails shaped like a teddy bear's ears, [[ItMakesSenseInContext fitting the "dancing teddy bear" theme of the performance]].
* Music/TheStatlerBrothers song, "I Was There" combines this trope with ShesAllGrownUp, with the male narrator describing a woman he's known all his life. In the opening lines, getting ready for her prom, she has "bought her first heels" and "combed those last pigtails from her hair."

* In [=WhizBang=] Pinball's ''[[Pinball/WhoaNellieBigJuicyMelons Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons]]'', Hellen has one, while Ellen has two. It helps in their Innocent FarmersDaughter personas.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* 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.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Rare Male Example]]: Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet wore these as part of his GorgeousGeorge persona. He was far from the last pro wrestler to do so. In 2009, pinup model Ladybeard made his pro wrestling debut.
** Rip Rogers used to regularly wears his hair in pigtails with a top knot while working as a jobber in WWF and Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* During her first year in the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F, Wrestling/MollyHolly regularly wore her blond hair in pigtails. She even wore them again when she reprised her original persona at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 25''. Her character was that of a sweet country bumpkin - who was the TokenWholesome in contrast to the rest of the vampy Divas.
* Shark Boys are blue or [[Wrestling/{{CMLL}} silver]]. [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Shark Girl]]s 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, [[GirlsBehindBars Caged Heat]] and alumna of WWA Mexico, had ''four'' pig tails.
* At ''GCW Adults F-N Only #7'', Wrestling/MsChif figured she left a bad first impression on new arrival NewAgeRetroHippie Wrestling/DaizeeHaze and decided to "correct" it by skipping around while wearing a giant pair of pigtails. [[FlippingTheBird 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.
* Lorelei Lee tied ribbons in her hair that had the same visual effect.
* Wrestling/GailKim 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.
* Wrestling/AJLee tends to favour these. [[OlderThanTheyLook She's frequently mistaken for much younger than she actually is]], so this is probably to emphasise that.
* Wrestling/TaminaSnuka of all people sported these when she fell in love with Wrestling/{{Santino|Marella}}.
* Mia Yim sometimes wrestled in pigtails, such as in 2014 when she won the SHINE Title belt in China.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Britney Bloodrose from ''VideoGame/AllPointsBulletin'', [[TheDitz ditzy]] rich teenager playing gangster for fun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ar tonelico|MelodyOfElemia}}'''s Misha bears the rare tomboyish braided pigtails.
* The new character Beth in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac Antibirth'' sports a pair.
* In ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'', one of the prequel games to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Elena appears as a student, complete with pigtails and a schoolgirl uniform.
* Rachel Alucard from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has very long twintails and is predictably a {{Tsundere}} as well as a [[LittleMissBadass badass]] ElegantGothicLolita {{Vampire}} [[{{Ojou}} princess]].
* Ayumi Shinozaki from ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' wears her hair in two blue pigtails, making her seem younger than she actually is.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': 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.
* Etna of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}''. She's also a Tsundere.
* Pandora of ''VideoGame/DeathJr'', who is also a little bit of a CreepyChild.
* Both Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong have these in the ''VideoGame/{{Donkey Kong|Country}}'' series. They both can also [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin their pigtails around]] for slower descents and limited flight, respectively.
* Subverted by Paragon Branka of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Technically, she wears her hair in pigtails, but there's no sign of the usual girlish innocence associated with this style: [[spoiler:she's an evil and somewhat AxCrazy MadScientist]].
* [[MsFanservice Jessica]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', even though she's an adult and quite buxom as well. Bonus points for being a {{Tsunde|re}}-[[FieryRedhead redhead]].
* Lilli from ''[[VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes]]''.
* Frederica 'Ricky' in ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey Untold'' may have slept in a stasis capsule for over a thousand years, but she still wears her hair in small twintails that emphasize her 'born-again youth', girlishness, and innocence from amnesia.
* And, being Aika's {{Expy}}, Penelo of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' sports them as well.
* Vanille in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. She's portrayed as both child-like and childish by the game.
* Midori from the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' series, emphasizing her GenkiGirl nature.
* Bastila Shan of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has very short pigtails.
* Jinx, the Loose Cannon from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', whose long, braided pigtails reach ''almost down to her feet''. They look very similar to Cammy's from the ''Street Fighter'' series.
* Juliet Starling from ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' sports these, along with the requisite child-like girlishness.
* Liliane Vehlendorf of ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' is an {{Ojou}} (complete with a [[{{Meido}} Meido Mana]]) as well as an extreme case of both the {{Tsun|dere}}Tsun and [[{{Tsundere}} DereDere]] sides of the spectrum, and she sports these pigtails.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** Yuka Ayase from the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' is a rather immature ''[[GyaruGirl kogal]]'' who sports high pigtails.
** ''VideoGame/Persona3'': As shown in "The Answer", Mitsuru Kirijo used to sport this style in her younger days, both as a kid (when she first awakened her Persona) and in her early teens (when she recruited Akihiko into S.E.E.S.).
** In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', Rise Kujikawa wears her hair in high pigtails to emphasize her girly IdolSinger persona. There's also Nanako, but she has pigtails because she really is a little girl.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Teenager and part-time model Ann Takamaki wears her hair in two low pigtails.
* The female protagonists of the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have pigtails.
* Momo Karuizawa from ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'' has these, which fit her ''very'' [[TokenMiniMoe youthful appearance]].
* Uriel Chuluun in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', who's the [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious daughter of a Defiant leader]] and (based on some of her dialogue) possibly a borderline [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]].
* Rebecca Walsh from ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'' displays pigtails in two different colors depending on how you pick her: red as Candy Cane (the tomboyish Tsundere {{Punk Rock}}er, which is her default), or blond as Becky (the girlish cheerleader).
* Aika from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', which suits her outgoing and slightly childish personality.
* Squigly from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' sports these, at least until her parasite Leviathan pops one off so she too can see.
* Marine the Raccoon from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' is a very childish GenkiGirl.
* Talim and Amy in almost all their appearances in the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' (Amy takes this [[RegalRinglets a step further]]), and Tira in ''Soulcalibur IV''. All three characters are purportedly cute girls aged 17 or younger.
* The ''Spiral Tailed Helm'' in ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' sports huge pigtails, providing characters with a feminine appearance.
* Female Inklings from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' have huge pigtails when they're in humanoid form, made out of a pair of [[MorphicResonance their squid tentacles]]. Males have them tied up to a knot instead.
* Cammy and Rainbow Mika from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' 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.
* Anise from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is the TokenMiniMoe of the bunch.
* Presea from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', although her [[OlderThanTheyLook youthful personality]] is apparent in the second game.
* Mint from ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate''. She's incredibly selfish and childish, too.
* Elise sports these in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', which could be viewed as being symbolic of her having gotten over her shyness issues from [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia the first game]]. You can also give them to anyone in the party (Guys included) once you find the appropriate accessory.
* Ling Xiaoyu fom ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has pigtails to go with her youthful GenkiGirl personality. Even after she graduates high school, she keeps the pigtails (though they become slightly smaller).
* ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'':
** Komachi Onozuka. She also wields a rather hefty [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon 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.
* Edy Nelson from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has a hairdo like this. She's also immature. Alecia also sports them, but it seems more to highlight her innocence than anything else.
* Jeanette from ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' fits into the "Tsundere" type.
* Pretty much every game that offers a VirtualPaperDoll 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 AlwaysMale, and this one's no exception).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'':
** Although it's hard to tell, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kotomi]] has these. Definitely the childish kind, [[spoiler: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.
* Coco in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''. She's 14, looks 9 and acts 5. Most of the time, anyway.
* Partially subverted with Rin Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. 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 ZettaiRyouiki.
* Asa and Yoru in ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'' both have long twintails. They're also both the youngest girls in the cast, though Yoru actually has a [[WiseBeyondTheirYears mature personality]] that belies her appearance.
* Makoto, of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' fame. She is largely a {{moe}} character though, albeit still with some slight {{tsundere}}-tendencies.
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': 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, [[WideEyedIdealist childishness]] is definitely the intended impact.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has Kokoro Fushikawa, who has twin tails almost longer than herself, even with the {{odango}}s she usually wears.
* The player character of ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateWizardessHeart'' wears her hair tied up into twintails. Klaus, noting the resemblance to rabbit ears, takes to calling her "Bunnyhead."
* [[GenkiGirl Miyuki]] of ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' not only combines this with YouGottaHaveBlueHair, but also with AnimeHair.
* Satsuki Yumizuka from ''VisualNovel/{{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''?
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** 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. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by a few characters who say they make her look very childish.
** [[{{Lust}} Asmodeus]] has long ones, while [[ExtremeOmnivore Beelzebub]] has MegaTwintails.
** Erika has looong twintails (in the manga they actually reach to her ''ankles'').

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/LawnJustice''. Shelly's pigtails are her trademark, making her age (29!) even more shocking.
* Tsumiki from ''WebAnimation/SenpaiClub'' is a parody of shoujo anime protagonists so of course she's a [[RoseHairedSweetie pink haired]] girl with InnocentBlueEyes who wears her hair in pigtails.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This is the trademark look for Hope from ''Webcomic/AloneInACrowd'' although she prefers to call them "Hopetails".
* ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes'' 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 RegalRinglets.
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Tiren]] braids [[DudeLooksLikeALady Elly]]'s hair with these, as part of a drunken prank. Unfortunately for him, she got the [[ClingyMacGuffin hair-ties]] from Walter's [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Cursed MagiTek Room]].
* ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'': Myari has a very long version of these; they're at the angle of {{odango}}, just without the buns.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/MollyTurn.html Molly the Monster]] and her clone/sister Golly both have manes of fur naturally shaped like bunched pigtails--which reflects their youth and immaturity.
* Lilith Winterhill of ''Webcomic/InWilysDefense'', a sign of her immaturity.
* Rachel in ''Webcomic/LadiesInWaiting'' sports a pair of these and is also the most innocent and childish of the cast.
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' depicts The Boss with a pair [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=331 in her youth]].
* Missi, the young GenkiGirl from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' has pigtails, that sometimes appear to [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1691 move with her mood.]]
* Amber from ''{{Webcomic/Matchu}}'' has gigantic pigtails that reach the floor.
* This is one of the most common appearances for female characters in ''Webcomic/MountainTime''. 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 [[http://mountaincomics.com/2010/07/08/almonds/ a bit like a prostitute]]. Or not. It's hard to say.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0319.html Haley's Optimism Alter Ego]] is depicted as a young girl with pigtails. In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0681.html #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.
* Wannabe Wiccan Girl from ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'', in this case also indicating her extraordinarily ditzy mindset.
* Griffon of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth Comic'' drew herself with pigtails, even though in real life she usually wore a ponytail. It ties in with her more WomanChild depiction in the comic, when in real life she's viewed as an ActionGirl.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/DeviantArt:
** Pictures of [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Doki&offset=0 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
** [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/34256865 Some]] of the other ones might don these.
** Then there is [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Brownie 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 ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy'', Spirit Guard Valor wears her hair in pigtails, though not by choice.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Couette wears pigtails and started out as a DistaffCounterpart to the franchise ManChild. Incidentally, "couette" in the French word for the hairstyle.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. As time went on, it was to show that even though she tries to be adult, she's really a [[PsychopathicManchild 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 commercial}}s for "realistic baby dolls". Baby Colic, Baby Scarred For Life, Baby Death Wish... that kinda thing.
* JustForFun/TropeTan 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 Administrivia/LumperVsSplitter.)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', Michelle sports these along with some YouthfulFreckles.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
** Dodie has these as she is the perkiest and most immature of the PowerTrio. 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.
* Meng from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Immature she certainly is.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', the BigBad, Malucia, has ''huge'' purple pigtails twice the size of her head.
* Harley Quinn from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' 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 psychologist. Like pretty much everything else about her, this was ported to the comics.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BeatBugs'', Buzz sports these along with a general cute child look.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Numbuh Three's younger sister Mushi, who is a young girl with a [[GenkiGirl peppy]] and childish personality. [[spoiler: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}}.
* Box Lunch from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Fitting since she is the youngest ghost to appear in the series.
* Brittany from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' certainly fits the "blissful ignorance" version.
* Dee Dee from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. She's older than Dexter, but acts more like a little girl.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'', Doc [=McStuffins=] herself sports these, along with a purple hairband with a pink flower.
* Vicky's little sister Tootie in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Helga has pigtails, but is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, not the standard cute GirlyGirl. She is a {{Tsundere}}, though.
** GirlyGirl Lila has braided pigtails, playing the trope more straight than Helga.
* Penny, Gadget's young niece from ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. In the [[WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis sequel-ish spinoff series]], she upgrades to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1inspect.jpg slightly less girlish ones]].
* Kimber and Pizzazz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' both wear pigtails in flashbacks to their childhood. In Pizzazz's case it signifies when she was more innocent and happy, back before her mother [[ParentalAbandonment left]] and when she still got along with her dad. One of the few times Kimber changed her hairstyle in-series she wore pigtails to go with her cowgirl getup.
* Eugly from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' wears her hair in pigtails. She also seems to be a GirlyGirl, although there are no tomboys in the show's cast.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the "past" scenes from "A Sitch in Time" show Kim with pigtails as a young girl.
* Loopy from ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Life with Loopy]]'', fitting, as she's the youngest kid in the show (at seven).
* Lana Loud of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has two short fishtail pigtails, while her [[PolarOppositeTwins twin sister]] [[PrincessPhase Lola]] [[LongHairIsFeminine wears her hair down]].
* Vendetta of ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' (one of the character even refers to her as "the pigtailed one") though obviously being an EnfantTerrible, she is a subversion.
* Meg from ''WesternAnimation/MegaBabies'' has ''green'' pigtails to contrast her pink skin.
* KidHero Marinette/Ladybug from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' sports her hair in two low blue-black pigtails. In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen switch]] to {{animesque}} to CGI the size of her pigtails was toned down.
* Megan's younger sister Molly from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' wears her hair in pigtails. Megan herself wears a ponytail instead.
** And so does Bowtie, although she [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse only ever appears in the pilot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': As a filly, Starlight Glimmer had these.
* Bubbles of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. While all the girls are the same age, Bubbles acts the youngest.
* Both Spinelli and Gretchen of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' wear pigtails, though neither one falls under the standard "girly" or "childish" archetypes: Gretchen is TheSmartGuy, while Spinelli isn't girly at all, though she is (month wise) the youngest of the gang.
* Angelica's pigtails in ''WesternAnimation/{{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 spoiled little bully.
* Both [[GenkiGirl Katie and Sadie]] of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', fitting their childish personalities.
** Kitty in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' to signify that she's the younger and more carefree sister comparated to oldier sister Emma.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
** Eight-year-old Sari has them, [[spoiler: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 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''.
* In Winx Club, this was Musa's signature hairstyle for the first two seasons, despite her identifying as a tomboy.
* Despite being at least 14, Hay Lin of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} 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.
** Irma usually wears pigtails as well (comic only).
* Kimiko Tohomiko sports this as her default hairstyle when not in ExpositoryHairstyleChange mode in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.