"There's beauty, stranger… in thy soft form;How do you make a Pretty Boy even prettier? Give him long (shoulder-length or longer), flowing tresses of glossy hair! Bonus points for wearing it loose, no matter how impractical this may be. A lot of these fall under Viewer Gender Confusion, because Long Hair Is Feminine (if the confusion occurs in-universe, it's an example of Dude Looks Like a Lady). Many fall under Mr. Fanservice. This trope is very popular in Anime and Manga, especially those either aimed at girls/women, or are hoping to attract a significant female Periphery Demographic. Related to Rapunzel Hair. Contrast Barbarian Long Hair when it's used in a Hunk.
Thy fine, bright hair, not coarse like the hard athlete's,
Is mantling o'er thy cheek, warm with desire…
Wooing Aphrodite with thy loveliness."
Thy fine, bright hair, not coarse like the hard athlete's,
Is mantling o'er thy cheek, warm with desire…
Wooing Aphrodite with thy loveliness."
— Pentheus describes Dionysus, Bacchae
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Anime & Manga
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Yue's braid of silver hair trails 2 feet behind him on the floor (or more, if it's a CLAMP illustration). Makes sense since he represents Yin and, through that, the Feminine aspect.
- Byakuya has long black hair that falls just past his shoulders. As a stoic nobleman with raven black hair and pale skin, he tends to be very popular with the women. The Shinigami Women's Institute keeps voting him the sexiest male shinigami in their annual polls.
- Ukitake has waist length white hair and is considered gentle, kind, and attractive. His Heterosexual Life-Partner, Kyoraku, keeps referring to him as a ladykiller because female shinigami can be reduced to blushing jelly if he so much as smiles at them. His female third seat, Kiyone, is hopelessly in love with him.
- Yumichika, notorious for his beauty and his obsession with beauty, used to have long hair that was fashionably styled until he joined the shinigami, whereupon he cut his hair to chin-length.
- Jugram Haschwalth of the Wandereich is a long haired, slender and pretty Bishonen. He's also The Dragon to Big Bad Yhwach.
- Inuyasha has long white hair reminiscent of the lion-dog figure in kabuki plays. For all his abrasive personality, he's considered rather cute, and the dog ears half hidden in his hair tend to be irresistible for women to try and touch. Even Kagome's mother gave in to the urge. He's particularly popular with Jakotsu… much to his chagrin.
- Sesshoumaru is a tall, slim, beautiful youkai of very high aristocratic rank with long, flowing white hair that falls to his waist. The anime takes this to extremes, however, by lengthening his hair down to his knees. Kagura, who had commented upon first seeing Inuyasha and Kouga that they weren't her type, fell for Sesshoumaru the moment she laid eyes on him. Jakotsu thought he was very attractive as well, but by then had his heart set on Inuyasha. The anime also gave him his very own Stalker with a Crush who fell for him the moment she saw him.
- Naraku took over the body of a handsome young human lord to create the shell of the half-youkai that he became. As a result, he has long black hair styled as a young lord would wear it. Unusually in the series, his hair is actually wavy rather than dead straight.
- Ranma ˝: Mousse is quite pretty without his glasses. His hair is a Hime Cut but his personality doesn't quite match up.
- Youth Gone Wild has several, though Lu Kai is most notable, completing the look with Guy Liner and lipstick.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin, referred to in the first chapter as "Handsome Swordsman of Legend", has long red hair. His impossibly youthful looks are lampshaded when two of the cast are surprised to learn he's actually 28.
- Ryuunosuke of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, being a genius hikikomori, barely has time cutting his hair, which has now grown to feminine lengths. He's also so pretty that he's once forced to wear a maid outfit.
- YuYu Hakusho:
- Kurama (normally red, but turns white when he transforms into Youko), to the extent he suffers from a bad case of Even the Guys Want Him amoung the villians.
- Karasu has long black hair (which turns blond when he powers up). Considering his sadistic nature, this leads to a really creepy Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon effect.
- Shishiwakamaru is this in universe as well as out. He has a whole entourage of fangirls cheering for him and Yusuke jokes he should start a boy band because he "already has the looks for it" when he taunts him and his team.
- Sakyou, meanwhile, has more of a mullet, leads to the same Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon effect as Karasu
- Mononoke: Kusuriuri is known for capturing the hearts of all the women he meets just by standing still and letting the Dramatic Wind blow through his long, wavy ash blond hair.
- Beelzebub: When Himekawa loses the pompadour and sunglasses, his hair is revealed to be very long and beautiful, and he's so handsome his classmates are left speechless. From then on whenever he appears in this state he's nicknamed "Sexykawa".
- Amatsuki: Being set in the Edo Period, all men have long hair, but the longest belongs to Ginshu, who wears it loose and is pretty enough to have masqueraded as a woman for years. Bonten, a suave, vain demon who Word of God calls the best looking guy in the series, is unique for his long blond hair which he ties in a ponytail, but sometimes lets down for alluring effect.
- Shugo Chara!: Nagihiko Fujisaki has long, flowing indigo hair. Justified because he's a crossdresser.
- Get Backers!: Kazuki has floor length brown hair and is so pretty he's been mistaken as female a number of times.
- Aburatsubo from Magic User's Club. He's tall, has long red hair, and is gorgeous enough to have his fanclub.
- Griffith, the resident Bishōnen from Berserk who hordes of male and female characters have a fallen for and obsessed over during the course of the series, has waist-length white waves that the fandom has affectionately dubbed "cloud hair".
- Guilty Crown: Gai Tsutsugami is tall, has a well built physique, has long blonde hair that goes passed his shoulders and has attracted a number of female characters.
- Narciso Anasui from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. Upon meeting him FF even questions his gender.
- Nagisa from Assassination Classroom has long hair tied into pigtails, which makes him look like a girl. Turns out his mother won't allow him to cut his hair, because his mother, who wanted a daughter instead of a son, wants him to look like a girl.
- Kouji Minamoto of Digimon Frontier technically falls under this trope since his hair is long enough to be worn in a near-waist-length ponytail. Amusingly his long-lost twin brother Kouichi is a Short-Haired Pretty Boy due to having similar features but an overall more feminine appearance.
- Yukki of Destroy and Revolution has long hair to spite his father.
- Akoya of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! whose long pink hair is his defining physical trait.
- Kaoru from Sakamichi No Apollon is stated to have effeminate facial features once and certainly looks prettier than the other more 'average' looking boys. As an adult he is shown to have grown his hair out and become a doctor.
- Anri and Shiro of Adekan used to have much longer hair when they were younger and were mistaken as girls because of their hair, feminine facial features and lithe forms typically dressed in female clothing. Shiro has since cut his hair to be free of a guy who held him captive as a slave due to his beauty and it remains past shoulder length. Anri once gained his long curly hair back after he degenerated to his child form.
- Ferid and Crowley of Seraph of the End are both effeminate looking vampires with Ferid keeping his long silver hair in a ponytail and Crowley keeping his long red hair in a braid.
- Asuramaru is a demon with a feminine looking face and long dark hair. The dress doesn't help either.
- Bokura no Hentai:
- Ryousuke wears his hair long and has androgynous qualities. When he was younger he was noted for looking like a short haired version of his sister. When she died he grew his hair out and began dressing as her in private for his mother, who preferred her and has mental health issues due to her death. Ryousuke cuts his hair when he enters high school due to no longer needing to crossdress.
- Satoshi is introduced as a boy with long hair who usually wears girls clothes. A few appearances later and he cut his hair short and ditched the sailor fuku because he was hitting a growth spurt. In later chapters he grows his hair out long which makes him stand out as the most bishonen male character. He often wears his hair in a ponytail.
- Kyubi from Yo-Kai Watch is portrayed as a long haired, somewhat androgynous looking boy in human form. He's a Chick Magnet who (literally) steals hearts. Despite this Katie is oblivious to his flirting.
- In Aruosumente, Moeran stands out even among a Cast Full of Pretty Boys thanks to his Rapunzel Hair and loose robes.
- Project K: Kuro combines this with Badass Longhair which he tends to keep in a ponytail. In episode 1 of Return of Kings he wears it loose and flowing when walking through the city with Neko.
- In ElfQuest, Cutter, before he grows a beard. Gorgeous, curly blond mane, cute, rather feminine face… to be fair, though, most male elves qualify, but Cutter does have the most impressive hair.
- He's more manly than your standard 'pretty boy' as a giant muscular viking, but The Mighty Thor deserves a mention for his long blonde hair and numerous female admirers. He ain't called Goldilocks for nothin', true believers!
Films — Live-Action
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World: Along with wavy black hair down to his shoulders, Loki has big blue eyes, a slender build, and moves very gracefully. His attractiveness to humans is implied by how easily he disarms people even before he starts using his silver tongue or mind-controlly staff.
- Thor, as mentioned above, also falls under this trope. His hair is about shoulder-length in the first movie and well past in the second. Most female characters act like or acknowledge that they find him attractive, and there are various bits of partial nudity (hospital gown in Thor, topless scene in the trailers for Age of Ultron).
- The Lord of the Rings: Legolas is the main example, though according to Tolkien, ALL Elves fit this trope. It is impossible for anyone to have hair as gorgeously maintained as Legolas' without it being all they think about or without access to cleaning agents and facilities. The best analysis of what it would take to keep that hair up on the quest for the one ring can be found in journal for Legolas in The Very Secret Diaries.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: The lovely Charles proudly styles his luscious tresses into a feathered mullet. In essence, he combines his prettiness from X-Men: First Class with his long, wavy mane from X-Men: Days of Future Past (but updated to an '80s hairdo). This is the character at his most vain because he revels in being beautiful and flaunts it. Apocalypse also plays up Xavier's nurturing qualities, so his long hair denotes his androgynous mindset. His lips are a deep magenta instead of cherry-red like in First Class, and their rosy shade matches with his lilac shirt. For viewers who had never seen an X-Men movie before, there is absolutely no doubt that Professor X is In Touch with His Feminine Side based on his physical appearance.
- In Dragon Bones, most men wear their hair long (more than shoulder-length) and open (except for old-fashioned Oranstone nobles, who wear it shaved in a specific manner). Ward notes that his brother Tosten is a pretty boy, who therefore has to be careful around sailors. Also, Oreg, who is said to resemble Tosten very much.
- Roiben, an elf with "long pewter hair" from Tithe by Holly Black. The protagonist Kaye first encounters him in the rain and severely injured, i.e., sopping wet and covered in mud and his own blood, and even in that state Kaye describes him as "beautiful in a way that made her breath catch" (this is one of the reasons she knows he's a faerie).
- Prince Roger McClintock's long hair and prettyboy looks, combined with behaving like a useless fop in rebellion to his family, makes his bodyguards dismiss him as a useless load when they become stranded on Marduk as a result of a coup attempt, though as the series continues they realize their dismissal of him due to the appearance was a mistake.
- Fablehaven has Bracken, who is tall, willowy, youthful, and has long, soft silver-white hair.
- Plenty of men in A Brother's Price. Women keep their hair short and practical; men grow theirs out very long and usually keep it braided. Since men are so rare most women see very few, any man with all of his teeth and both eyes is going to be considered attractive… even so, Jerin is thought of as amazingly handsome.
- Roshaun ke Nelaid of Young Wizards. His descriptions in both books in which he appears stress two things: that he's very, very pretty, and sports a blond ponytail long enough for him to sit on.
- Valli in Outlander Leander has long hair and is described as pretty by Leander, and even wears flowers and dresses. Not to be confused with a crossdresser, though, because it's not considered crossdressing to them.
- Kuroki in Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note has shoulder-length hair—the longest allowed in Japanese Children's Literature since that's the longest allowed for schoolboys there. He's the local Chick Magnet, combined with Tall, Dark and Handsome and The Charmer traits.
- Game of Thrones: Ser Loras Tyrell has wavy, light brown, shoulder-length hair in Season 1. George R.R. Martin even described the character as "…the teen idol of Westeros" in this HBO featurette. Two lowborn Lannister soldiers consider the Knight of Flowers to be prettier than the Queen. Sansa Stark, Jeyne Poole, and Renly Baratheon—among others—like him because of his good looks.
- Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights has shoulder-length locks and is referred to as attractive by just about everyone on the show, including his head coach. At the very beginning of the series, he had already slept with half the rally girls and was in a relationship with one of the hottest girls in school. Then, he basically forced her to break up with him, had sex with the head cheerleader and successfully seduced a woman 16 years older than himself. Oh, and that was before he won state and started having threesomes on a weekly basis.
Myths & Religion
- Cu Chulainn of Celtic Mythology is described in the Táin Bó Cúailnge as as a beautiful young man with long, multi-hued hair that fell past his shoulders.
- Krishna is known for his long hair and his beauty, as is the god Vishnu whom he incarnates from. One of Krishna's names literally translates into "of beautiful hair".
- When Dionysus disguises himself as a human in Bacchae, King Pentheus goes on a poetic rant about how beautiful he is, paying particular attention to his long, silky hair, which he then threatens to cut off.
Final Fantasy II has The Emperor and his Rapunzel Hair. Firion counts as well, when he's given longer hair.
- Jak II: Renegade: Jak's appearance in Jak II. Though he is forced to cut it short in Jak 3 to survive the desert heat.
- Chrono Trigger: The boss Flea. The chest padding in the game art doesn't help.
- Super Punch Out: Kabuki dancing boxer Heike Kagero (long purple hair, even).
- Kingdom Hearts: Xehanort, Xemnas, "Ansem", Saix, Marluxia, Riku (until he cut it off in 3D), Vexen... Yeah, Kingdom Hearts is the master of Long Haired hotties.
- Street Fighter: Vega has long hair that goes past his waist. His default outfit is him shirtless, revealing his muscular physique and wearing a mask to protect his handsome face.
- Ken too, especially in the Alpha series.
- Alex, also. 'Dat ponytail.
- Tales of Symphonia: Zelos Wilder, Yuan Ka-Fai, and Mithos Yggdrasill.
- Samurai Shodown: Ukyo Tachibana.
- Dynasty Warriors: Several examples, most notably Zhang He and Zhou Yu.
- There's also Zhao Yun, Zhuge Liang, Ling Tong and Jiang Wei.
- Samurai Warriors: we have Ishida Mitsunari, Akechi Mitsuhide and Sasaki Kojiro.
- Warriors Orochi: Taigong Wang, if he wore it loose that is.
- Ōkami: Waka How does he keep it under that hat?
- Sengoku Basara: Akechi Mitsuhide and Maeda Keiji.
- Libra from Fire Emblem Awakening has long hair that contributes to his feminine appearance and people mistake him for a woman on a regular basis.
- Takumi from Fire Emblem Fates has long, flowing hair down to his waist, which he keeps in a high ponytail (so it is likely even longer). In an interview, the character designer explicitly noted that he was designed to appeal to the female audience.
- Infinite Space: A few male characters (including the main character), most notably Lord Roth, who has waist-length hair.
- Assassin's Creed II: Ezio. His hair is usually in a ponytail, but does reach his shoulders. And over the course of the series he proves himself to be quite the ladies man.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Kafei.
- World of Warcraft: Lots, most notably Arthas Menethil and Kael'thas Sunstrider.
- Tales of Vesperia: Yuri "Pheromone Boy" Lowell. A man even offers him a drink until he realizes he's male.
- Star Ocean: Ioshua Jerand from the first game, and Dias Flac from The Second Story/Second Evolution. Meanwhile, Albel Nox from Till the End of Time has twin rattails that reach past his waist.
- .hack//G.U. games: Endrance, crossing into Dude Looks Like a Lady territory. Also, Kuhn.
- Tales of the Abyss: Luke, before his haircut, his original Asch, and Jade. Also Van and Peony.
- Harvest Moon has been fond of this lately. Julius and Jin come to mind.
- King of Fighters: Duo Lon.
- Benimaru Nikaido has the long hair and the good looks, but his Shock and Awe powers make his hair stand up. He lets his hair down once or twice, though.
- Fatal Fury: Terry and Andy Bogard. Andy is more notorious since he lets his long hair loose while Terry ties it up in a ponytail instead.
- Mortal Kombat: Raiden doesn't initially come off as this, but take away his hat and cloak, and you're left with a rather pretty man with a glorious mane of white hair◊.
- Partially lampshaded in Mortal Kombat 9 where, upon learning they are fighting for the safety of Earth, Johnny Cage asks Raiden, "What should we do, besides standing around looking pretty?"
- Guilty Gear has quite a few, with Testament standing out in particular for having long black hair and a very feminine looking attire. A number of the characters have commented on his beauty.
- Ky Kiske gains this look in Guilty Gear 2: Overture and onward. He ties it on a ponytail in the newest game though.
- Arsenik in War: 13th Day. His hair falls past his waist, and he's quite the unwitting heartbreaker. In his route, not only Ambrosia likes him but Wildfire as well. In fact, Wildfire has the world's longest-standing crush on him. She even tries to make him jealous by going out with someone else. Chase also mentions that Arsenik has admirers. And if it couldn't be made any clearer, Brooks says this about him:
Brooks: I’ve seen that tight blonde you’ve been eyeing. Now, he is fine.
- In the webcomics by A-gnosis, Dionysos is portrayed as this. All the gods are implied to be good-looking, but he's taking it up to eleven, wearing earrings, flowers in his hair, and bracelets.
- Ganymede, too, is portrayed like this, naturally. After all, Zeus gave him the job as cupbearer of the gods because he was so very pretty. He wears his hair open, and doesn't wear a shirt.
- El Goonish Shive: Noah has long hair, strongly implied to include long furry antennae in addition to scalp hair, which he keeps in a ponytail. Due to that and his other androgynous traits other characters are unsure of his gender.
- Monsterful: Jacob Bottom Button, the Rag doll boy.
- Girl Genius: Maxim, who was originally meant to be nothing more than a joke sketch of a Pretty Boy Jagermonster.
- Tarvek too.
- Paradis has angels as this, specifically Gabriel.
- A Broken Winter: While both Kuroda and Reisen have very long hair, Reisen lets his fly in true pretty-boy style. Kuroda keeps his in a neat tail.
- Ménage ŕ 3:
- Erik is a blond, sunglasses-wearing rich guy who '80s hair-rock fan Zii considers a perfect boyfriend, for his looks and many other reasons.
- Wrestling trainer Damien also carries off the style in a way that is perhaps not unknown in pro wrestling. He is also habitually flirtatious, and clearly fully aware of the effect he has on some of his female students, using it to keep them paying their membership fees.
- The spin-off comic, Sticky Dilly Buns, features Angel, who has the hair, who plays in a glam-rock revival band called "Pretty Boyz With Electric Toyz", and who the lead character correctly identifies as a romantic rival on sight. However, it subsequently turns out that Angel is actually "gender fluid" and anatomically female, indeed presenting as a slim, attractive woman on some days.
- Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet: Meredith has long dark hair, has been the cause of much Viewer Gender Confusion since his first appearance, and was called "impossibly beautiful" by Rolls. Elijah also noted (admittedly out of continuity) how Meredith was more popular with girls when they were younger, partially due to having a more handsome face.
- In The Wolf At Weston Court flirtatious dandy Elgin has long flowing red hair.
- All the males in Sword Princess Amaltea have hair that go beyond thier shoulders. This been because the story's world is a Matriarchy and men have female roles, including being pretty. This makes Prince Ossian Boyish Short Hair more significant and shocking.
- Teen Titans: Aqualad has long, black hair that runs down to his shoulders, a lean muscular physique and is consider very handsome as both Raven and Starfire get a crush him the first time they see him.
- Ancient Spartan warriors wore their hair long as it was said to make a handsome man more beautiful and an ugly one more fearsome. It was often braided and wound around the head so as to fit neatly under a helmet.