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The regal hairstyle worn by many female characters, primarily in Japanese or Japanese-inspired media. The name comes from the Japanese word for princess and is associated with the upper classes and tradition.

In its pristine form, the straight black hair endemic to actual, [[RealLife real-life]] Japanese people is worn long, save for perfectly level bangs trimmed just above the upper eyelids, and side locks trimmed to roughly cheek and/or shoulder level (or sometimes even both). It is widely believed to be the court style of the Heian Period, and thus OlderThanFeudalism. Well, Japanese feudalism. The hairstyle is rooted in the fact the Japanese tend to have voluminous sideburns.

The Hime Cut is rivaled by other styles. OjouRinglets are gaining prominence among anime royalty, and the general populace in Japan also favors distinctive short cuts or ponytail offshoots, such as {{Tsundere}} [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]].

This hairstyle has a good chance of showing up if the character is an {{Ojou}} or YamatoNadeshiko. It's also a fairly popular style with {{Miko}}s. In more modern settings, it's popular with ElegantGothicLolita characters. If it's a {{Chanbara}}, its appearance is a given, although usually the hair is tied back with a ribbon, and sometimes the side locks also. It's also used to accentuate personality traits traditionally associated with the ojou and similar types: calm, dignified, traditional, elegant, graceful, demure, and modest (or some combination thereof). When listing examples, please identify which character traits the hime cut is symbolizing or accentuating.

Naturally, any HistoricalFiction or PeriodPiece set between the Heian period and Meiji Revolution will have women wearing this hairstyle, in which case the choice of cut itself has little meaning. When listing examples, please mention if the story is set in those times.

Please do not list examples unless they have '''all''' the required physical characteristics (straight hair, bangs, sidetails, and back) '''and''' at least one of the lifestyle or personality characteristics (royalty, {{Miko}}, {{Ojou}}, YamatoNadeshiko, ElegantGothicLolita, LadyOfWar, or other traits).

For Western haircut with similar high status connotations, see RegalRinglets. Do not confuse with a GilliganCut, or any kind of scene change as a cut. The trope SamuraiPonytail can have similar connotations of class but also indicates martial ability and, of course, the samurai.

%% '''Do NOT add characters that simply have long hair and bangs. This is a THREE length hair cut. Not two.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'': Yuuko Ichihara which enhances her sophisticated image.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', Legna is a rare male example, although it's not immediately obvious because most of his hair is hidden beneath his cloak; he has long black hair with bangs and side tails cut off at chin level. He is also, as the Oracle, of a high social status, traditionally minded to a fault, and outwardly calm and dignified.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** A male example: Japan. WordOfGod says his official GenderFlip counterpart's hair used to be cut in this style until she abandoned her concept of isolationism, when she [[ImportantHaircut cut it to show that she could open up.]]
** Sketches also show Vietnam having one, despite wearing it in a TomboyishPonytail, which befits her characterization as TheStoic LadyOfWar.
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' has Shōko Kirishima, the {{Ojou}}.
* Hitagi Senjogahara from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' as she has the {{Ojou}} vibe.
* Miho, the {{Ojou}} from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''.
* Hotarubi from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has this as her hairstyle, as a traditional {{Ninja}}.
* ''LightNovel/BenTo:''
** Shiraume Ume features one of these, complete with a largely formal demeanor and implied vast wealth.
** The elder Kyo Sawagi, as well, sports this hairstyle and is hinted to be an {{Ojou}}.
%%* ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'': Nadeshiko Adenokouji
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc, Tobiume wore her hair like this, adorned with cuffs on the sidelocks and a plum-branch ornament on her left temple. This is likely a reference to her YamatoNadeshiko nature.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', Izumo generally wears her hair in the traditional GirlishPigtails for her [[{{Tsundere}} character type]], but when down it fits the Hime Cut to the T. Suits her as well, with her [[BigOlEyebrows Hien Period Eyebrows]] and {{Miko}} status. [[spoiler: The last miko of the Kamiki family is her [[DemonicPossession mother]] who also had a similar hairstyle...but though a powerful miko was also a supreme WomanChild.]]
%%* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Ouka, the StudentCouncilPresident
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[MeaningfulName Hime]]gami Aisa as a variation on the {{Miko}} theme but she insists that she is a ''magician'' that happens to dress like a miko.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Saten and Uiharu from the spin-off perhaps explaining their fascination with {{Ojou}}s.
* ''The Change!'': Just about the entire female cast wears the Hime Cut because the series is set in the Heian court.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': Azmaria has this hairstyle, despite being Portuguese, not Japanese. It fits her mature personality, although she's quieter and more humble than the {{Ojou}}.
* ''Manga/CountCain'': Tomoe wears it because she is the daughter of a samurai.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Salamandinay sports this hairstyle. It is very fitting because she is a princess living in the eastern-themed DRAGON world.
%%* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Yu Kanda
* ''Manga/DragonBall''. Chichi's had it underneath her headgear since childhood, and it's more prevalent when she grows up and takes it off. It Signifies her traditional worldview and her role as a traditional Japanese mother.
* ''Anime/FairyTail'': Kagura Mikazuchi sports this style as a symbol of superiority among her guild.
** Ultear has one too.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Isuzu (aka Rin) often dresses like an ElegantGothicLolita [[spoiler:but Akito crudely cuts it off as "punishment."]]
* ''Anime/GaReiZero'': Yomi Isayama because she's the next to inherit the Isayama familiy name, which is considered prestigious among the exorcists of Japan.
* ''Literature/{{Gate}}'': Rory Mercury has the hairstyle to go along with her ElegantGothicLolita attire.
* ''Manga/GokujouDrops'': Yukio Himemiya has her hair this way. Makes sense since she's also an {{Ojou}}.
* ''Anime/HanaSakuIroha'': Nako (although she usually has it up) the YamatoNadeshiko of the group.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Ryoko Asakura sports this hairstyle, probably as part of her ClassRep surface persona.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' has Ai Enma. Along with her kimono, it's meant to give her the air of a traditional {{miko}}... but in a rather dark and unsettling sense.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': "Girlycard", that is, Alucard's female appearance, sports the long hair and even bangs. On one hand it's odd because "modest", "calm" and "demure" are not traits typically associated with him/her. On the other hand, it is befitting the fact that Alucard was a ruler in his life as Vlad Dracula III.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Ms. Yoshinoya [[spoiler:That's why she was given a leading role in a parody of the story of Kaguya-hime, by her former student Kishi Maiko]].
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' has a Male example in Fujiwara no Sai {{Justified|Trope}}, at his time this hairstyle was gender-neutral and he was a high status player. In modern Japan it certainly marks him as the traditional/historical guy in the bunch.
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'': Yamada signifying her more traditional Japanese GirlNextDoor nature.
* ''Manga/InuXBokuSS'': Ririchiyo Shirakiin an {{Ojou}}.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Sango wears her hair like this when she's not prepared for battle; she might be an ActionGirl but she also is more [[YamatoNadeshiko mature, quiet, and self-conscious about her duties]] than she could be.
** Kikyou starts with ribbons binding both her back hair and side locks, but [[ImportantHaircut ditches the ribbons]], going to the pristine form. She is a solemn priestess.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' : Saraswati/Kirara is a ElegantGothicLolita IdolSinger.
* ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}'': Koko Hekmatyar has this haircut and she's nicknamed "Princess" by her squad.
* ''{{Anime/Katanagatari}}'': Togame has this haircut and is a strategist for the shogun.
* ''Manga/KOn'': Mio has this as is it fitting for the more mature and traditional member of the band.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' has Shizuku Sango, an {{Ojou}} with trimmed bangs.
* ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'': Ayano signifying her status as the successor of the Kannagi family.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Satsuki Kiryuin, the StudentCouncilPresident and heir of the Kiryuin Conglomerate, has very long hair and ruler straight bangs.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': Sawako Kuronuma has this and she's a good traditional girl.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', the calm, dignified, intelligent and very male Great Wise Man ([[NoNameGiven whose actual name has been lost to history]]) is shown with this haircut.
* ''Anime/LastExileFamTheSilverWing'' has a Caucasian-esque example in Princess Millia. It symbolizes her being a princess. Her hair gets cut short later on after getting rescued by Fam and Giselle.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' has the {{samurai}} Motoko Aoyama (pictured above), who sports this type of hairdo.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has a RareMaleExample is Alto Saotome. Some characters even make fun of him calling him "hime-sama". It's implied that the reason is that [[CrossCastRole he used to play female roles when he was a theater actor]]. It's not explained why he keeps the hairstyle after abandoning his acting career, though habit could be a reason as a flashback shows he's had it since he was a child. Another reason could do with the fact he [[StrongFamilyResemblance strongly resembles]] his [[MissingMom deceased mother]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[TheMedic Konoka Konoe]], who is a prestigious {{ojou}}.
** [[RobotGirl Chachamaru Kakakuri]] qualifies thanks to her YamatoNadeshiko traits.
** Arika, Princess of Vespertatia, as befits her royal position.
** Tsukuyomi due to her ElegantGothicLolita attire.
* Shizuru from ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome''. She's an {{Ojou}} who uses [[BladeOnAStick slicing weaponry]] in combat.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': [[http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww8/MermaidMelodyFan101/coco.png Coco]] is styled this way because she's a princess.
* ''Manga/TheMikosWordsAndTheWitchesIncantations'': Tsumugi, the eponymous {{miko}}.
* ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'': the second empress has this, as befits her station. (Doubtless the first and third empresses do also.)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata Hyuga, daughter of the respected Hyuga clan grew her hair into this style after the timeskip.
** Shion a blond {{miko}} from the first ''Naruto Shippuden'' movie also wears her hair this way.
* ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'': Kureneko in this case because she is mirroring the style worn by an [[StoryWithinAStory anime]] GothicLolita.
* Apparantly Stocking from ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' can attest to how popular a Hime Cut is with the Gothic Lolita crowd, which stops it from seeming odd on her as she's the [[{{Ladette}} exact opposite]] of a YamatoNadeshiko. She's rude, snide, cynical, bitter, etc, but her gothic lolita style prevents her Hime Cut from seeming out of place.
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'': One of the most important features of Yukari Hayasaka is this hairstyle given that she's trying to become a professional model.
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': Kaori [[MeaningfulName Himekawa]] in chapter 8 sports a pristine version, if a trifle short in the back. Fitting, as she is a reincarnated princess, [[spoiler:or rather it was enough to convince a ghost as much. Kaori is actually a reincarnated ''sea turtle''. She's not happy about that. Then again her name "river princess" does actually foreshadow this reveal]].
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'': Lady Kayura has a traditional hime cut as both a YamatoNadeshiko and LadyOfWar.
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Sumire Hirose uses this to match the princess-like attitude she has. Logic!
* ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'':
** Kirara, a {{miko}} with determination and personal dignity in trying circumstances
** Ukyo is pretty high status, being the son of a successful merchant and [[spoiler: clone of the emperor]] but he has none of the character traits. He's only good at ''looking'' the part.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Rin Itoshiki has many traditional Japanese traits, such as her interest in ikebana.
* ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'': Lena sports the long hair and bangs. Suits her perfectly as she has a modest, calm, and demure demeanor, but if push comes to shove, she will kick your ass without even taking a step forward. She also is given the "princess" title just like Tiara and is held by many in high regards.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Nadeshiko Fujisaki wears hers in this style, but as a ponytail, and (if you ignore the [[CuteAndPsycho psycho-ness]]) is clearly a YamatoNadeshiko. However, [[spoiler:she's actually a boy. Appropriately, he wears his hair in a SamuraiPonytail.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEaterNot'', a ''Manga/SoulEater'' SpinOff, has Anya who is an {{Ojou}}.
* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'': Maon styling her hair this way underlines her efforts to become a YamatoNadeshiko.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ayeka a variation of it. It has the perfectly cut bangs but the hair is promptly cut off at neck level, save for two long pony tails that nearly touch the ground. It is clearly designed to remind you of the HimeCut while being alien enough to remind you... she's an alien. Also, while she tries to be graceful, modest and elegant at all times she also has a temper and is prone to fighting with Ryoko.
* ''Manga/TwinStarExorcists'': Benio Adashino has this signifying her position as the current head of a distinguished family of exorcists.
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'': Saki Rukino sports this hairstyle, combined with a half-updo. She is a TeenIdol, who also requires a very presentable public image like other kinds of celebrities.
* ''Manga/TheWallflower'': This hair style is one of the signs that Sunako Nakahara could make a terrific YamatoNadeshiko, if her aunt or the boys could get her to care enough to maintain it properly.
* ''{{Manga/Working}}'': Aoi has this to underline the suspicion that she may come from a high-class background.
* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' has Togo. Her bangs are a little off from the traditional version but she counts. Togo is very into traditional Japanese culture and history, to the point where she won't even eat "western" breakfast like her parents, and is quite [[PatrioticFervor patriotic]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/XMen'': The Japanese X-Woman [[Characters/XMen2000sMembers Armor]] is usually portrayed with a Hime Cut, denoting her as distinctly Japanese. The armor that inspired her codename is literally a AncestralWeapon.

* ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' - Chiyoko has her hair (or prop hair) in this style when playing an actual Princess for one of her movies.

* In the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, the [[{{Wutai}} Yamani]] princess Shinkokami and her two ladies-in-waiting are described as having this haircut, referred to as "the noblewoman's style" and worn either loose or tied back with a ribbon.
%%* In ''Literature/StoneKing'', Lt. Kirihara Azusa wears her hair like this [[spoiler:until most of her hair is burned off during Jalal's attack on Kasama Defense Station]].

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'':
** Mako Shirashi (a {{samurai}}) had a hime-cut in later episodes.
** Also [[spoiler:Kaoru Shiba]], an actual princess.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'': Maori Kasuga has this hair style and she's a {{Miko}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dead or Alive}}'': Nyotengu's fifth optional hairstyle choice is actually her hime cut.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'': Seraph Lamington, the ruler of Celestia, wears this haircut in its most pristine form.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kuon}}'': Utsuki, Kureha and Lady Ayako all sport this. Since the story is set in FeudalJapan, it's hardly surprising.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Zelda sports a traditional Hime Cut in place of the tiara favored by her other incarnations because she's not a princess this time. She's technically a "spirit maiden", not a miko, but they are similar in function and the hair decorations in her post-Skyloft outfit appear similar to the kind worn by some shrine maidens.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Mawile's head seems to sport this haircut (it's not ''hair'' technically, but it looks like it), and it's even more evident in Mega Mawile. Indeed, the Pokémon is [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species:_Mawile based on the legend of the futakuchi-onna]], a demonic woman with a mouth on the back of her head, though obviously most people wouldn't know.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''' has the YamatoNadeshiko Nakoruru and {{miko}} Mizuki both with this fashion.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': Emily "Lili" Rochefort, an {{Ojou}} sports a perfectly trimmed blonde example of this.
* ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' has several examples of the haircut, but only a few matches the personality as well:
** Reimu Hakurei, the resident miko, sports this hairstyle in most of her early appearances. ZUN's art also leans more towards this than the wilder hair of most other depictions of her.
** Princess Kaguya, which makes her one of the few characters without a NiceHat or HairDecorations.
** Fujiwara no Mokou, who would have been ''actual'' Heian nobility and so, of course, she has this hair style.
* ''VideoGame/{{Valis}}'' has Valna. She's a princess, after all.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Maya Fey, a spirit medium from an isolated village, wears a variation of this haircut along with her kimono. Her expy, Ema Skye, wears almost the exact same variation but with the bangs brushed to the side.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'': Mayucchi and Kokoro who are both {{Ojou}}.
* In ''VisualNovel/SixRules'', one of the main characters, Yuki, sports this haircut. [[spoiler:Justified as she turns out to be Heian Japanese nobility of the Taira clan.]]
* ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'':
** Rika, the {{Miko}} of the Furude Shrine, from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
** ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
*** Rosa, daughter of the wealthy Ushiromiya family.
*** Virgilia, a YamatoNadeshiko.
*** Bernkastel, Rika's {{expy}}, and her piece Erika Furudo, both who wear ElegantGothicLolita attires.
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'''s Hatsuhime has this cut, but, perhaps because she's a RebelliousPrincess, she keeps it [[HairDecorations tied up in a ponytail with a red bow]], leaving only her bangs and framing shoulder locks free.
* ''VisualNovel/YosugaNoSora'':Kazuha an {{Ojou}} has this look.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', several characters have this hairstyle and associated traits.
** Faen wears her hair like this and is that daughter of the Sullisin'rune Ill'haress and has a gentle, meek personality due to her [[UnhappyMedium empathy]]. She also usually combines it with a small tiara.
** Sil'lice Val'Sharen wears her hair this way and is associated with the "dignified, traditional and elegant" traits associated with it.
** Also [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=2849 Vidhi'yani]], one of the Empress's overseers, has a FashionableAsymmetry variation with one sidelock dyed black and longer than the other. The overseers are apparently all [[LadyOfWar Ladies of War]] and represent tradition.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': little Akiko Kitsune styles her hair this way, presumably at the behest of her traditional Japanese mother.
* ''{{Webcomic/Frivolesque}}'': Clementine always sports the hairstyle even though she's not Japanese. It accentuates her quiet, demure personality quite well, making her the closest thing to a western Yamato Nadeshiko the cast could have.
* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'' : Ai, the catgirl robot of has this haircut. She seems to be modeled after a traditional Japanese woman.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Mai (nobility) from technically has this haircut, though it's almost never drawn down. She certainly has the quiet gracefulness down.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode, "The Japanese Connection" Penny's Japanese friend Atsuko sports this hairstyle along with the associated personality.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[CreepyTwins Eska and Desna]], princess and prince of the Northern Water Tribe, wear [[HalfIdenticalTwins practically matching]] Hime Cuts.
* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a rendition of the hairstyle, lacking the traditional sidelocks yet drawn in away that makes it almost look like she does. In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', her human counterpart actually has a true Hime Cut. [[spoiler:And she is now royalty with her sister-in-law being princess Cadance, and her being upgraded to an Alicorn like the other Princesses.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Mystique, doubling as a LadyOfWar and TheVamp, has a variation of this hairstyle in season one. However, her bangs are somewhat shorter than most examples of this trope (possibly held up by the [[HairDecorations yellow pendant she wears on her forehead]]) and her side-locks are hung down in [[LongHairIsFeminine shoulder-length]], [[MotherlySidePlait plaited curtains]] that mesh with the longer hair she has in the back, covering her ears.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many wearers of [[ElegantGothicLolita Lolita fashion]] and Hime Gal have a hime cut, presumably both due to its regal connotations and the fact that it frames the face nicely if all the rest of the hair is in ringlets or a bouffant.