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An easy way to tell if a female character in Japanese media is of high social standing is to not look for [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia a crown or an Ermine Cape]], but to look at the front of her head. Specifically, look for two curled locks of hair draping the sides of her face. The rest of the hair may be straight, curly, or anything in-between, but she must have two curled locks from either the hair directly in front of or directly behind the ear, and falling in front of her shoulders rather than behind, if it is long enough. If she has these, she either is high class or acts like it.

Needless to say, this is common among {{Ojou}}. Some {{Elegant Gothic Lolita}}s also sport this hairstyle.

Also known as "drill hair", and derived from the RegalRinglets hairstyle, popular in Roman times. For the distinctly Japanese princess' hairstyle -- straight black with level bangs and ear locks -- see HimeCut.

Do '''not''' confuse them for the sideburns Orthodox Jewish men wear, called ''peyot'' (pronounced "pay-ott") (''peyos'', pronounced "pay-ohs," if you're Ashkenazi).

A SubTrope of RegalRinglets. Compare MegaTwintails and QuirkyCurls.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Pacifica Casull, the title character of ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' (shown above). Regardless of whether she has her hair up or down, she always has two curled sidelocks.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Elgala_6931.jpg Elgala]] from the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga has two ringlets framing her face. When she first appears, she's actually dirt poor like the rest of the ACROSS girls, but she acts like a wealthy debutante nonetheless.
** In [[Anime/ExcelSaga the anime]], there's a one-shot corporate heiress that also sports corkscrew curls.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/image_b-ko_5545.jpg B-Ko]] from ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' is a member of a rich and influential family affecting typical RichBitch behaviour. She has most of her hair in large ringlets and two smaller ones in front of her ears.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lynn_Minmay_5884.jpg Lynn Minmay]] self-made IdolSinger from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' has long straight hair with two small ringlets framing her face.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Reihana_Houjou_3669.jpg Reika]] in ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'' is StudentCouncilPresident and heiress to her father's corporate empire. Her hair is in multiple locks, two of them being sidelocks, ending in ringlets.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/emi-1097179b6_6886.jpg Isuzu Emi]] from ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' has five large ringlets. There are the three in the back and two that frame the sides of her face. She's part of a wealthy clan whose job it is to protect the Takayanagi family.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_gold_pactio_cardd_3368.JPG Chizura Naba]] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has straight hair with two sidelocks that curl into ringlets. It's revealed late in the series that her family is [[{{Fiction500}} extremely wealthy.]]
* [[http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/674/65551-20040116_juri.jpg Juri Arisugawa]] from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' has multiple pairs of ringlets framing her face. She's part of the TheBeautifulElite and implied to be particularly refined even by Ohtori academy standards. It's implied that she does actually use a curling iron for at least some of it as she's seen on occasion (and in the movie) with her hair straight, though her bangs remain curled even in flashbacks.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rika_Shiraki_6949.jpg Rika Shiraki]] from ''Bible Black'' is popular, from a wealthy family, and StudentCouncilPresident. She sports long straight hair with two ringlets that rest in front of her shoulders.
** In similar vein, [[http://ru.myanimeshelf.com//eva2/upload/e9eecffbc3f4a2cc8f83bff77a21db9a/Leona_Morimoto.jpg Leona Morimoto]] from Seishojo another work Discipline also fits this role but with her being RichBitch who ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney instead.
** Leona's expy [[https://s.vndb.org/ch/61/39761.jpg Eru Daiunji]] from P/A Potential Ability sports back ringlets variation.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/athena_tennos.jpg Athena (or A-Tan)]] from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', the main character's rich [[spoiler: ex-girlfriend]] sports two side locks that end in ringlets.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gash_bell_sherry_2257.jpg Sherry Belmont]] from ''Manga/ZatchBell'' is a young french woman from a wealthy family. She has blonde straight hair with two long ringlets at the side of her face.re
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Montmorency_3668.jpg Montmorency]] in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has long blonde hair styled in Victorian ringlets with two of them as sidelocks that fall in front of her shoulders. Like most of the main cast in the series she's a noble.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ayumi_Himekawa_5110.jpg Ayumi Himekawa]], PrivilegedRival of the main character from ''Manga/GlassMask'', has hair styled in ringlets with two large ones framing her face. Not so much in the 2005 series: the curls are noticeably simplified, leaving her with simply wavy hair.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/52808.jpg Kanaria]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/52807.jpg Hinaichigo]], and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/77220.jpg Shinku]] from ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' all have variations on this style. Kanaria has two low ringleted ponytails that rest in front of her shoulders, Hinaichigo has ringleted sidelocks, and Shinku has long side locks ending in ringlets. The three and the rest of their sisters are [[ElegantGothicLolita lolita fashioned]] [[ArtificialHuman dolls brought to life]].
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hermioneparasol_7587.jpg Hermione]] from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' is a young noblewoman in an ArrangedMarriage with Romeo. She usually has her ponytail in a ringlet as well but she always has two long ringlets in the front framing her face.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/martina-trans_148.jpg Martina]], a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain minor antagonist]] from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} NEXT'' is a spoiled princess with a pair of ringlets in front of her ears.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pnine_izumi_005_8299.JPG Izumi]], the closest ''Anime/PrincessNine'' has to a real [[FallenPrincess princess]], has thin curled sidelocks.
* [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110112072041/gundam/images/thumb/a/af/Turn_A_Bonus_Booklet_Ju09_10.jpg/1000px-Turn_A_Bonus_Booklet_Ju09_10.jpg Kihel Heim]] in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' is from a rich family and is a BodyDouble for the Queen of the Moon, Dianna Soreil. She has long hair mainly styled in ringlets that fall past her waist. Two of which fall in front of her ears and shoulders.
* Manipulative and wealthy StudentCouncilPresident [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Miya-sama_2399.jpg Fukiko "Miya-sama" Ichinomiya]] in ''Manga/OniisamaE'' has hair entirely in ringlets. The two in the front frame her face.
* [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/4/38238.jpg Ryuuka Jihiyou]], the next head of the fabulously wealthy and powerful Jihiyou family in ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. In the original and reboot series, La Verite, her hair is styled in ringlets with the two smaller ones frame her face.
* The be-monocled [[http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o299/FallenKrusnik/MinitokyoFemaleScansTrinityBlood_20.jpg Caterina Sforza]] in ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' is the Duchess of Milan and has long brown hair that consists mainly of ringlets. Two of them falling in front of her shoulders.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Saaya_Yamabuki_5279.jpg Saaya Yamabuki]] of ''Manga/ShugoChara'' sports side locks with ringlets at the end that rest on her shoulders, although she isn't a princess, she certainly acts like she's the best thing since sliced bread. She's actually less popular than the main character, Amu, although she acts like Amu is well below her.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Isabella-Yamamoto_4015.jpg Isabella]] from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' sometimes sports ringlet sidelocks to go with her victorian lady look. She's described as being the epitome of high class and femininity.
* ''Ichinensei ni Nacchattara'': [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mihopenisev7_3110.jpg Miho]], the elementary school RichBitch, has hair entirely in ringlets with two framing her face.
* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'''s [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Togame_Katanagatari_5755.jpg Togame]] goes for broke by combining these with a HimeCut and RapunzelHair. Her sidelocks end in curls. It's revealed early on that she's the daughter of a fallen feudal lord
* [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100822141935/xxxholic/images/0/0c/Amewarashi.jpg Ame-Warashi]] from ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'', a high ranking Gothic Lolita fashioned water spirit, has two ringlets framing her face and MegaTwintails
* In ''Manga/AimForTheAce'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hiromi_and_reika_6_2793.jpg Reika]] has a long, wavy blonde ponytail and two curls framing her face that allude to her [[TheOjou ojou]] upbringing.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Princess_Charlotte_7864.jpg Princess Charlotte]] from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' goes through a couple different hairstyles through out the series. One of which has two small curled sidelocks.
* [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120320002853/sailormoon/images/thumb/c/c8/Neo_Queen_Serenity_and_Chibiusa.jpg/422px-Neo_Queen_Serenity_and_Chibiusa.jpg Neo Queen Serenity and her daughter Chibiusa]] from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' both have thin curled sidelocks.
* When Vivio was first introduced in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', she didn't have these at first, but after she [[spoiler:gained access to her [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]] [[OlderAlterEgo form]]]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Vivio_locks_896.jpg the two locks of hair by her face curls up in this style]]. By the time of ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX'', she's taken to wearing her hair in this manner full time. When Olivie Sägebrecht, [[spoiler:[[CloneJesus the Sankt Kaiser that she was cloned from]]]], finally had her appearance revealed in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', she's also shown sporting [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Olivie_locks_6784.png curled locks]].
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/_pd_1308.JPG Masako Natsume]] from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' is wealthy and has ringlets in front and behind her ears.
* Dwarf princess [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ymir_7854.png Ymir]] from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has a number of large ringlets and two small sidelocks that end in ringlets in the front.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/021_451.jpg Neito Mitotsudaira]], a half-human, half-werewolf feudal knight, from ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere''. ''Five ankle-length ringlets'' and two small ringlets that hang in front of her shoulders.
* [[ElegantGothicLolita Iyaritikki]] in ''VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica'' has her hair done up in multiple long drills.
* [[TheOjou Adelicia]] in ''LightNovel/RentalMagica'' two curls in the front and four in the back.
* In ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/7b07f69c_9950.jpg Ayame Minamikujou's]] hair is styled in long Victorian ringlets. The two in the front are behind her ears and fall in front of her shoulders. This is part of her acting like an {{Ojou}}, even though her family is totally normal. Aki wonders where she goes to get her hair done like that.
* ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'': [[http://www.binbogamiga.net/common/img/fig_character_nadeshiko.png Nadeshiko Adenokouji]] has a HimeCut with a couple of ringlets. Two of them frame her face and are in front of her shoulders. Like the main character she's another RichBitch.
* One of Dawn from ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'''s contest ensembles [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/32300000/Floroma-Contest-dawn-hikari-32359104-500-375.png incorporates]] curled sidelocks and a ponytail for her hairstyle, in keeping with her GirlyGirl [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/21100000/Penguinshipping-dawn-hikari-21112477-640-480.jpg personality]].
** One of Dawn's rivals, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/pokemon/images/6/63/Ursula_contest.png/revision/latest?cb=20131122050726 Ursula]], also has hair like this.
** Predating them is [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/pokemon/images/7/75/Jessiebelle.jpg Jessiebelle]], James' [[WhipItGood psychotically]] proper fiancée, who has two giant side drills and a third one on the back of her head. Since the English dub gave her an [[SouthernBelle American Southern accent]], they also call to mind [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlett O'Hara]]'s RegalRinglets.
* [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Mami_Chara_Sheet.jpg Mami Tomoe]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has two ringlets pulled into pigtails on either side of her face, to complement her proper personality.
* StudentCouncilPresident [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/ore-twi/images/3/3c/Erina_Anime_Profile.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140926112609 Erika Shindou]] from ''LightNovel/GonnaBeTheTwinTail'' has corkscrews in the end of her twintails. So does her mother, as that particular hairstyle is part of their family tradition.
* Queen Felia from ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' has two very long and curly sidelocks which end below her shoulders.
* Beatrice from ''LightNovel/ReZero'' has an impressive pair of drill twintails. Bonus points for them actually spinning when Subaru pulls them.

* Mia Rinaldi from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' is described as having "blonde ringlets". Comes with her pseudo-royal, popular status at the Academy.

* A strange inversion with Aerith from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' in that while she definitely has the curls in her incarnations, she is a flower girl...from the slums, and acts energetic rather than refined. It could be a nod to her being a Cetra or Ancient, which is a mystical people with special powers.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} seems to like this hairstyle, as many characters from their collection of games sport them:
** {{Ojou}} [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yurika-scary.png Yurika Kirishima]] from the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' series has two [[ExaggeratedTrope ridiculously overdone curls]] framing her face. Supplemental material states that it takes two hours for her hair to set. .
** RichBitch [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/karin_7989.jpg Karin Kanzuki]] from ''StreetFighter Alpha 3'' has blonde hair styled in Victorian ringlets with two of them falling in front of her shoulders.
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Princess_Pride_1066.JPG Princess Pride]] from ''[[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior Rockman.exe/Mega Man NT Warrior]]''/''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' bears almost unnoticeable examples with two subtle lightning sidelocks.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rose_portraitxiii_3637.jpg Rose Bernstein]] from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' has two large ringlets that start behin her ears and rest on her shoulders. No real social status, but she's the RichBitch daughter of [[BloodKnight Rugal]] [[SNKBoss Bernstein]], so...
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous character [[spoiler:Midna]] has an unusual variant of this in her true form at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', in that the two curls are tied together around her neck like some kind of brooch. The ''other'' eponymous character has a variation of them as well: they're not curled, per se, but there are two braids of hair tied up in lots of ribbon.
** Princess Zelda herself usually has some variation on this, particularly in [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/character-zelda_1391.png recent cartoonier games]] in which they're lightning-bolt-shaped sidelocks. Naturally, this includes [[spoiler:Tetra]].
** RichBitch [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mila_2988.jpg Mila]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has parted bangs that are curled into ringlets. She loses them after her family goes from RichesToRags.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** [[http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/9797/b146975273b9cbe5a96cfbe.jpg Ashlotte]], [[RobotGirl robotic]] [[ElegantGothicLolita gothic lolita]] bonus character from ''Soul Calibur IV'', has two ringlets at the side of her face.
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/viola-soulcalibur-v-artwork_528_poster_6856.jpg Viola]] from ''Soul Calibur V'' who's also an ElegantGothicLolita has two ringlets that go down to the front of shoulders.
** Several variants are available in the Creat-A-Character mode.
* [[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/images/2054/Suujii_Evansu.png Susie Evans]] from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has two large ringlets that fall in the front of her shoulders. She's the daughter of a rich tycoon and only enlisted in the war to protect her family's honor.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rosalia_de_Catargena_9700.jpg Rosalia]] in ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' is from a noble family and the PrivilegedRival of the main character. She sports two corkscrew curls framing the side of her face.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ouendan_2_conceptart_jlBIx_1112.png Reika Minazuki]] from ''[[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan2 Ouendan 2]]'' has straight hair with two ringlets in the front framing her face. Her profile mentions that she's from a traditional family and attended a super elite academy.
* Quite a few characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' sport the Ojou Ringlets in varying degrees:
** The first is [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/250px-Emelina_4182.jpg Exalt Emmeryn]], leader of Ylisse and symbol of peace. Large tight curls fall on each side of her face.
** Next, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mariabell_9107.jpg Maribelle]], daughter of a Ylissian duke and an Ojou in every sense of the word. Maribelle's hair is exclusively tight curls from the crown of her head back. Two of these curls are draped over her shoulders while the rest hang behind.
** There's also [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/200px-Sumia_official_art_284.jpg Sumia]], a clumsy Pegasus Knight with some shades of Ojou in her personality. Her curls are much less rolled than the other two but are still apparent flanking her face.
** [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/8/80/Flavia.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120322120935 Flavia]], West-Khan of Ylisse's neighboring country, has a slight curl to her hair, sporting two strands of hair fore of the ears while the remainder of her hair is tightly bound in a ponytail. Unlike the first three examples, Flavia shares very few traits of an Ojou, though she does hold a position of power.
* Mitsuru of ''VideoGame/Persona3'', up until junior high, as seen in ''FES'''s flashbacks. When she was a child, she had two curled ringlets at the sides of her head. She carries this even in high school, but she keeps one loose curl instead. Well, she is the daughter of Takeharu Kirijo, a founder of Kirijo Group, the group who ''owns'' the school where she is studying.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* RichBitch, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Luviagelita_Edelfelt_2805.png Luviagelita Edelfelt]], from ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' has long blonde hair styled entirely in ringlets. The two smaller ones are in front of her ears and fall in front of her shoulders.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bea_ps3_5468.png Beatrice]] from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' sports an elegant blonde pair of thin curled sidelocks as part of her "lady of Rokkenjima" persona. Like just about all of cast she's part of TheBeautifulElite.
* [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/katawashoujo/images/9/9f/Char_misha.png/revision/latest?cb=20131115045128 Misha]] from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' fits this, at least until she gets her hair cut during Shizune's route.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Winter Schnee from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a single curl on the left side of her hair, as befitting the eldest daughter of a powerful businessman.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'': ElegantGothicLolita, Miho wears her hair [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/705 with two ringlets on each side]] during the (first) whole "Cave of Evil" debacle, and also in [[http://img521.imageshack.us/f/15976310835b989eb39oju9.jpg/ this]] slightly different image.

* It was a popular look in UsefulNotes/LolitaFashion during TheEighties. It's fallen out of style since, but a lot of people still love it. It's really hard to do without a wig though. Rag curls can look like it.