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Rapunzel Hair
That must take a lot of conditioner.

"Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas, in my hair
A home for fleas, a hive for the buzzing bees
A nest for birds, there ain't no words
For the beauty, splendor, the wonder of my hair
Flow it! (Hair!) Show it! (Hair!)
Long as God can grow, my hair!"
The title song from Hair

In Real Life, hair is heavy, especially when wet, and as anyone who has had long hair can attest, it takes forever to comb out, requires much more shampoo than usual, tangles at the slightest provocation, becomes unpredictably wavy to frizzy in humidity, attacks everything in a strong wind (for that matter, long hair loose in a strong wind can actually hurt), and is often getting caught in things and being in the way. It also has a way of winding up in your food and your mouth, eyes, and nose, and if it hangs below your mid-back, you have to be careful sitting in seats to avoid it being pinned behind or under you. Sleeping with very long hair (or sleeping with – in both senses of the word – someone with very long hair) has its drawbacks, too.

Long hair is particularly inconvenient for people who regularly find themselves in any kind of combat or "roughing it" situations. That fey, long-haired asskicker – what happens when somebody gets a good hold on her hair. Trust me, hair-grabs are painful, frightening, and incapacitating — even if the person doesn't rip a bit of your scalp out.

None of these seem to bother fictional characters. Instead, people (mostly women) will have hair down past their hips to dramatically blow around them and/or otherwise accentuate their femininity. Real Life long-hairs quickly learn the practicality of hair restraints (braiding, hair ties, snoods, hijabs, &c.); fictional characters let their butt-to-ankle length hair fly free.

If that much grows very fast, it's Rapid Hair Growth. If their hair is used to cover up nudity and shut up the censors, it's Godiva Hair. Distaff Counterpart of Wizard Beard. See also Long-Haired Pretty Boy, Improbable Hairstyle, Compressed Hair for one way to conceal the hair of such length, and Hairy Hammerspace for when items are concealed in it.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Homura and Kyoko in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, lampshaded in Homura's case. It seems that in the show, hair length is inversely proportional to how happy and girly you are as a character (at least initially).
    • Madoka's goddess form has hair so long that it's a production mandate to never show its ends onscreen.
  • In Bleach, we have Grimmjow, who, in his released form not only turns into a cat, but has long blue hair that hangs down past his waist. A bit later, we also get Ichigo, who sports a mullet style with hair that hangs past HIS waist while he's a hollow, It's gets even longer when he uses Final Getsuga Tensho, and Aizen's mullet with hair nearly touching the backs of his knees after his body has finshed absorbing the Hogyuku. Rapunzel indeed.
  • By Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Fate's hair is down past her hips and is tied off with a spiffy black bow, presumably to keep it from getting caught in things.
  • Gourry, Sylphiel, Naga, and Millina of Slayers, as well as Filia from the anime (in her human form.). Sylphiel's is of the Hime Cut variety, while Millina keeps hers in a ponytail. Gourry is an odd case because he's the hard-hitting swordsman who can't cast magic, so it would seem impractical to have all of that blonde hair flowing out while sword fighting...
  • Kazuki in Get Backers varies. Sometimes it looks floor-length, especially in the anime, but the manga artist usually draws it as roughly hip-length, unless it needs to flutter dramatically. The anime version also draws it to be very thick, with a ponytail about the same circumference as his neck. Sakura, Hevn, Kaoru Haruki, and, in some shots, Madoka all have waist-length hair.
  • Clamp seems to have a fondness for this trope:
    • Cardcaptor Sakura has Yue, who's hair, even braided, trails a good two feet behind him on the floor.
    • Tomoyo from the same series has hair that reaches her waist. It's explained that Tomoyo's mother convinced her to let her hair grow out because it reminded her of Sakura's late mother.
    • There's also Syaoran's mother Yelan, who's hair reaches her hips even when held up in a high ponytail.
    • Yuuko in Xxx HO Li C has hair that reaches her knees. Yuuko's assistant Maru fits the trope even better, her hair trailing along the floor even while up in pigtails, and Kohane's hair is about as long as Yuuko's, but being a child, she's half Watanuki's height, making it this.
    • The twins Yui and Fai had ankle length hair as children. Justified as they weren't anywhere near scissors.
    • The eponymous Kobato also has very long hair.
    • Not to mention Kurogane's mother, Princess Emeraude, Sakura's mum and most of the people in RG Veda.
    • Also Chii from Chobits. It goes almost down to her feet.
  • Sakaki's hair in Azumanga Daioh is so long that it can actually be seen between her legs when she's simply standing. She also appears to sit on it on a few occasions.
    • Yomi's hair is hip-length, but curiously only in the anime. In the manga, it varies between chest length and waist length.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The good Galaxia's hair in goes one step further and actually changes color from orange to red as it goes down past her shoulders. Some of Naoko Takeuchi's sketches show it literally going down to her feet, never mind how she manages to do it up in the odango-style Villainous Hairdo... Actually, there are tons of examples in Sailor Moon.
    • In the manga, pretty much everyone whose hair is not expressly cut short or tied up have this hair by the end. There's even a scene at the end of the first arc, after Endymion has been captured by the Big Bad du jour, when the Inner Senshi arrive at Usagi's house. She hasn't come out of her room in days, and the reason why is because her hair has suddenly grown to twice its previous length, even though she's been cutting it. (Her hair is now matching the hair she wore in her past lifetime as Princess Serenity.)
    • Hell, even Makoto's hair is pretty long (by normal standards), considering in most artwork it reaches her waist while in a high ponytail, and is curly/wavy besides...
    • Particularly noteworthy is Mistress 9, whose hair grows so long she can tie her enemies up with it. While it's still attached to her head. Without impeding her mobility. It FILLS THE ENTIRE ROOM. In fact we can't even see the ends of it.
  • Tsuruya from Haruhi Suzumiya has, in some official artwork, ankle-length hair. From the novels, Kuyou Suou also has very long (and full-bodied) hair. In fact, she got a Fan Nickname of "Hair Monster-tan", or occasionally "Cousin It" as a result. We don't think you'll have any problem discerning why.
    • And also, Haruhi herself when she is Jerkass self who hasn't met Kyon yet (in the beginning and in Disappearance.)
  • From the Lucky Star anime, Konata's hair appears to be of variable length: sometimes it seems like it's about knee-length, and sometimes ankle-length. In fact, other than Ayano's waist-length hair, all the other "long-haired" characters (Kagami, Miyuki, Hiyori) have hair down past their hips, though this may just be a consequence of the Puni Plush art style. Although Konata's hair is as long in the manga, Kagami's hair is chest-length and Miyuki's is waist-length.
  • Shirahime and Athena in Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer. Of course, they're dolls.
  • The mermaid/idol forms of everyone in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch. It shrinks to a manageable length in their human forms.
  • In the second Ranma ˝ movie, girl-type Ranma has ridiculously long hair when she gets all dolled up as a concubine. There was also an episode of the series in which male Ranma's hair grows uncontrollably because he ate a dragon's whisker at one point.
    • On the other hand, Shampoo has waist-length hair that doubles as Godiva Hair when she undresses to show her cat curse to Ranma.
    • Cologne's hair is longer than she is tall (not that hard, but still impressive).
  • The Faeries in the manhwa Faeries Landing have very long hair, and, at one point, the main heroine Fanta sacrifices a few inches of it to help her love interest, commenting that she's a bit sad to get rid of it because it was from the time she spent with her human father.
  • Almost any important female character drawn by Leiji Matsumoto.
  • Evil male example: Deep Blue from Tokyo Mew Mew somehow manages it despite possessing the Mysterious Protector, who has normal short hair in his regular form and a mid-back-length ponytail otherwise.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena has several instances of Rapunzel Hair, mostly in the movie, where Juri's hair is incredibly long and Utena's short style turns into a very long wave of curls that seemingly come out of a Bag of Holding. In the TV series, Anthy's usually done-up hair becomes this plus Godiva Hair during several of her Fan Disservice segments.
    • The movie deliberately pulls a Lampshade Hanging with Juri. While fencing, she wears a face-concealing mask that covers her entire head. Upon removing this mask, an enormous mass of curly, radiant hair cascades out, with volume that was several times larger than Juri's entire head.
  • Kazusa from Kamichama Karin has hair that goes to her ankles. When she transforms, the whole thing gets put up in a single, huge bun on the back of her head.
  • When we first see Miata in Claymore she is sitting in a pile of her own hair that appears to go down at least past her ankles, and while it appears to be cut at some point to fall to about her knees it still stays long enough to give her a very Wild Child-like appearance.
    • Later Agatha, a monstrous enemy monster, takes this to the extreme and combines this with Prehensile Hair.
    • Come to think of it, Yagi-sensei loves this trope, and also gives Riful this in her Awakened form with long hair that looks like tentacles.
  • Daisy and Violet from Pokémon make their living swimming and have hair past their waists. It would seem their ability/willingness to keep it in any kind of style at all is a sign of their girlish personalities. Their less girlish sister Misty demonstrably has this in some episodes, too, although nobody's quite sure how.
    • Then there is Jessie with her giant... horn thing, which goes down to her waist and never moves. Presumably all the hair gel needed to hold it in place makes her hair even heavier.
      • She finally lets it down in "Shield with a Twist", after 568 episodes. Wow.
    • There's also Cynthia with hair that goes past her knees. When she's sat down the last foot of her hair is beside or behind her on whatever she's sat on.
    • Iris goes Up to Eleven by sporting what can be adequately described as a violet Wailord fin on her head. It's big enough to fit her Axew inside!
  • In Pokémon Special, Yellow's hair goes past her waist, and that's with it tied up in a high ponytail.
    • White's hair also goes past her waist with her humongous ponytail down.
  • Another male example: Clari of Violinist of Hameln has glossy blond hair of incredible fullness and volume...and it reaches his ankles. To make this even more ridiculous, he participates in massive melee battles with it down.
  • In Kamichu!, Yurie's hair grows longer than her height when she is exercising her most powerful divine powers, so it can become subject to a lot of Dramatic Wind. It becomes short again when she returns to normal.
  • And another male example: Dragon Saint Shiryu from Saint Seiya. Although plenty of Saints and other warriors have waist-length hair, Shiryu's flows down to his knees. The girls generally have short-ish hair that rarely goes lower than armpit level, but Saori and Pandora have much longer hair; so does Shunrei, but she keeps hers in a long braid.
  • Inuyasha: In the manga, Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha have flowing waist-length hair. In the anime, however, Sesshoumaru's hair is often drawn knee-length or even longer. Sesshoumaru also has a ruff of shoulder fur that is so long it wraps around his left shoulder, flows down his back and trails across the ground behind him like an excessively long tail. When he transforms into a dog, it correlates a neck ruff of extra-long fur that forms a diagonal line across his left shoulder to his back.
    • Kikyou's hair reaches her hips when it's let down. In fact many female (and male) characters have long hair, it being the Feudal Era and all.
  • Code Geass has plenty of this, including V.V., a cute boy with hair that nearly touches the floor when he's standing.
  • A similar example would be Mashiro Rima from Shugo Chara!. Her hair nearly touches the ground when she stands. Quite fittingly, she prefers to walk slowly, even when hunting X-Eggs, where she often just stands in one place while her juggling sticks do the rest.
  • Shana, Margery, and Yuji Sakai (as Snake of the Festival) of Shakugan no Shana fall under this trope.
  • Hamona from Wolfs Rain would fit this trope. As would her older sister, Jaguara. In Hamona's case, it also doubles as a strange case of Godiva Hair.
  • Ren and Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket.
    • Izusu Sohma too, until Akito hacks it off. Justified as Natsuki Takeya originally wanted Isuzu to have short hair. However, being the horse of the Chinese Zodiac, it made more sense for her hair to be long and flowing like a horse's.
    • Motoko Minagawa from the Prince Yuki Fan Club has long waist-length hair too.
  • Aion, Chrono, Mary, Rizelle, Satella and Florette/Fiore in flashbacks in Chrono Crusade. (Chrono's hair has part of it cut short in the back, but he still has enough long hair to have a braid that goes down past his knees.) With that many characters, you could probably argue that Daisuke Moriyama has a thing for flowing, dramatic hair.
  • Leon Oswald of Kaleido Star has waist-length grey-platinum hair, which (improbably) he never seems to restrain, even when performing on trapeze.
  • Ahiru/Duck in Princess Tutu has rather long hair in her girl form—even braided, it hangs down far past her waist. In her Magical Girl form, however, it seems to be tied up or magically cut short.
  • The Dark Magical Girl in Prétear has long, flowing black hair. This seems to be magically induced, since her true form, Takako, has hair in a more manageable length. One of Himeno's step-sisters also has long, flowing pink hair, and Hayate's hair reaches his waist.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has a number of characters with waist-length or longer hair. The more eastern-stylized characters often have Hime Cuts, while more western characters fit this. An odd example is Kaede, who reveals hair that reaches long enough to trail on the ground when Chao removes her hair band.
  • Squalo from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, who swore that he would never cut his hair until Xanxus becomes the next Vongola boss. Seeing as how that's extremely unlikely he is seen ten years in the future with even longer and lustrous hair.
  • D.Gray-Man:Jasdevi.
  • Alice/B-Rabbit and Jack from Pandora Hearts.
  • Another male example, Rain from Immortal Rain.
  • Abel Nightroad, Hugue de Watteau and Isaak von Kampher from Trinity Blood certainly fit this trope! Whilst Abel and Hugue at least attempt to restrain their lovely locks, Isaak just lets his easily floor-length (and he's tall, so that's a lot of hair!) barnet wreak havoc on humanity. Or vampiremanity.
  • Krad from D.N.Angel, anyone? His blonde ponytail is easily longer than he is-this is noticeable when he flies and his hair has to catch up with him. It's also very, very pretty...
  • Naruto's not known for its gorgeous hair, but Jiraya's colossal white ponytail, Tsunade and her surprisingly long pigtails, Ino and Inoichi Yamanaka's identical blonde topknots, and Neji's ponytail deserve a mention (which was so long it was used as a medium to channel medical ninjutsu through) in this section.
    • The Fifth Mizukage, who has hair down to her ankles... even when it's in a top knot!
    • And Kushina, Naruto's mother, has red hair that goes down to her ankles. In fact she was once able to make a trail when she had her hands tied by draping her hair over her tied hands and nonchalantly pulling some of it off to leave on the ground.
    • Hanzo's hair is about waist-length, which along with his cap gives it an unfortunate resemblance to something you might see on a stereotypical hair-band member. Ironically, it was much shorter when he was younger.
    • Mifune's hair is close to waist-length and spread out to a magnificent mane from shifting around in one panel.
    • Kakuzu also has this, his hair reaching at least to his waist when his mask was removed.
    • Princess Kaguya though makes all of the above look like chumps.Her hair is twice as long as she is tall. As in,she floats a meter or two above ground,and her hair still touches the surface.
  • Kanu in Ikki Tousen has hair that goes down to about her calves, as a reference to Guan Yu, who was famed for his long beard.
    • The other Three Kingdoms gender flip Koihime†Musou does the same thing for the same reason.
  • Most female characters in Shattered Angels have hair that flows lower than their backside.
  • Yuty, Lechty, Prome O, Dhianeila, and quite a number of the female cast in Heroic Age.
  • Almost everyone in Saiunkoku Monogatari. Especially the men. The only exceptions are the cute boy and his Love Interest, and they're well on their way, as he usually ties his up in a pony tail and, though we never see it down, hers is long enough to pin up elaborately.
    • It makes historical sense, at least, since most of the characters are nobles.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has four male examples: Hotohori, Nuriko, Tomo, and Tenkou. As for females, Soi has extremely long hair that almost reaches the ground when it's loose.
  • Fujiwara no Sai of Hikaru no Go.
  • Hellsing has a male case in Pip Bernadotte; the man uses his hair as a scarf just to keep it out of the way. Rip Van Winkle also falls under this trope.
    • Alucard's hair grows pretty long when he releases his seals.
    • Integra's hair falls down past her rear and is a very light shade of blond to boot.
  • Male example: Ray Kon from Beyblade, especially noticeable when the white cloth keeping it together is torn off.
  • A deconstruction, in The Severing Crime Edge. Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the "hair queen" had her hair cursed. It cannot be cut by any means. That leads her to quit schooling, and well, the inconveniences of having hair that long. Fortunately, Kiri's scissor is a cursed "Killing Goods" and cut Iwai's hair really short at the end of the first chapter, but her hair grows back to its original length in a span of a night.
  • Aya and Maya Natsume in Tenjho Tenge.
  • Archbishop Laura Stuart's hair in A Certain Magical Index extends down her back all the way to her ankles... and then it loops back up to the top of her head again. And then it goes through a hairpin and goes down to her waist again. Her hair is about 14-feet long.
  • Most of the characters in Tenchi Muyo! have long hair. A large majority of them being Juraians (and royal ones at that), it's more or less a custom to have long hair and to be either tied back or put up in ponytails. It's even more telling when Washu, Ayeka and Sasami must put their hair up just to go into the hot springs or even sleep. The goddess Tsunami has the longest hair, since it reaches the floor and goes on a few feet.
  • Gundam Wing has Dorothy Catalonia and Duo Maxwell tied for longest hair (at below-the-butt length), but Dorothy's is more noticeable because Duo always has his braided. Relena and Zechs deserve special mention, their hair reaching the small of their backs; in their case it seems to run in the family, since the few images we see of King Peacecraft show him with hair just as long as his children.
    • Princess Marina Ismail in Gundam 00, although the animators can't decide if it's butt-length or much longer.
    • The Nobel Gundam.
  • Akuram, the Big Bad from Harukanaru Toki No Naka De, normally has hair held up by his Mask of Power, but once the mask is removed, his hair goes well past his waist, and in the anime, past his his knees. When a live-action stage play based on the franchise included the character... let's just say comparisons to Cousin Itt were made by Western fandom.
    • There's also Fuji-hime with floor-length hair, but this is justified by the series' (pseudo-)historical setting. A couple of female background characters also fit this trope for the same reason.
    • The Miko from the third series, Nozomi, also fits this trope.
  • Raditz of Dragon Ball Z.
  • Koinzell from Ubel Blatt has his in two long braids down past his thighs, with knives at the ends. Occasionally he uses the knives when he can't find a sword or can't use his blood blades.
  • In the ending of Eureka Seven movie, Eureka's hair mysteriously grown very long, up to her hips. Its the longest version of her hair that was seen compared to the TV episode 30 flashback version of herself.
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has pretty long hair, and in The Movie she takes off the hairpins to pull a gun out of her hair. Nia post-timeskip also qualifies.
  • Several girls of Hayate the Combat Butler have extremely long hair, to where the standard length seems to reach their knees, and most of those that have shorter hair are depicted as more childish. Given that most of them are Ojous, it's explainable, but Hinagiku is depicted as having her long hair even while her parents are dealing with a large debt, and it's her hair which gets commented on.
  • Shalott of Air Gear.
  • Sunao/Ran and Matsuri of Sukisho.
  • Moka from Rosario + Vampire has hair down to nearly her knees.
  • Yuusuke from YuYu Hakusho grows very wild, knee-length hair when his demonic heritage is activated and he transforms into his Toushin form. Kurama's waist-length hair is a milder example, but he's able to wield his Rose Whip with it.
  • Hannah of Black Butler.
  • Mon Colle Knights is rife with this, most females/bishonen have hair at least to the hips, and five have it down to the ground.
  • Daimos: Richter's hair trails just a little bit near his ankles. It's even longer than those of the women in the show!
  • Mugi, Mio and Sawako from K-On! have very long hair, which is often used for purposes of censorship. Azusa however trounces them all, with her high twin tails reaching her thighs.
  • Shigure from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple when let her hair down comes down to her hips.
  • Prozen from Zoids: Chaotic Century has hair that goes down to his knees
  • Sera and Yuu from Kore wa Zombie desu ka? the former past her knees and the latter even past that.
  • Dvine [LUV] has three characters fitting this trope: Mia, Sakura and Youra, though the latter gets her hair cut.
  • Both Chikane and Himeko of Kannazuki no Miko have extremely long hair. Tsubasa is male example.
  • In Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Ponyo's mother. It's positively wave-like. (Unsurprisingly.)
  • In Saint Beast, Rey, Luca, Shin, Gai, and Lucifer all have extremely long hairstyles.
  • Togame of Katanagatari has extremely long hair, to the point where it's often wrapped several times around her travelling partner.
  • All three of the main girls in Kodomo no Jikan have hair as long as they are tall, which gets lampshaded in one of the manga specials.
  • Kuchiha of Amatsuki sports a ponytail so long that it doubles as a Scarf of Asskicking. But even this is nothing compared to Ginshu and Byakuroku - their hair drags along the ground.
  • Duel Masters has Hakuoh, whose long, flowing locks contribute to making him one of the bishiest bishies ever. But even his hair has nothing on Kokujo's, which reaches down to around his ankles and could double as a second cape. The Gag Dub lampshades this with a complaint from Kokujo that his rematch with Shobu caused him to miss an appointment with his hairdresser.
  • Tsumiki Miniwa from Acchi Kocchi
  • The main character of Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita has this. It makes sense after it was grown back with Fairy Co. hair tonic gaining sentience in the process, but it was shown to be the same length before.
  • Sanae from Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! sports those, which she tie up into pig tails and tied weighted bags to act as improvised bolas, that, up until now, have only worked on herself.
  • Macross Frontier's Alto actually has this - there's a scene where he let's it down and it's waist length.
  • Chitoge in Nisekoi may not be quite as extreme as some other examples here, but her slightly-longer-than-waist-length hair does stand out against the undoubtedly more realistic take on hair this series uses. Not to mention that it's also very wide, forming roughly a pear-shaped silhouette when viewed from the front.
  • Yet another male example: Iason Mink from Ai no Kusabi.
  • In Captain Tsubasa, almost all the girls wear their hair short or on shoulder-length. The biggest exception is Levin's deceased girlfriend Karin, whose wavy blonde hair goes down to her hips.
  • Many of the characters in the Pretty Cure franchise has long hair. Funny thing is is that, as normal civilians, it's rare to see the girls with incredibly long hair (the longest one being Tsubomi, whose hair reaching past her waist when not up in pigtails), but once transformed, all bets are off.

    Comic Books 
  • If it weren't for Rapunzel, the characters in A Distant Soil would be the Trope Namer. Apparently, it's an Ovanian custom to have ungodly long hair, sometimes floor-length or even longer, and often elaborately styled. According to Coleen Duran, their nobles use this to show status, that they can afford the servants needed to maintain the coiffures in question.
  • Winnowill from Elfquest has a mane of ultrafine ebony hair that exceeds ankle-length by several feet and trails after her on the floor (she typically carries it draped elegantly over one arm, to make it easier to manage), as does the minor character Newstar after a point. Clearbrook's braid, at its full length, extends to her knees by Shards. And Timmain's hair also doubles as Godiva Hair on several occasions. In all these cases the extreme length is made much more plausible by the character's very long lifespans—Winnowill is thousands of years old; plenty of time to grow her hair any length she likes.
  • Starfire of the Teen Titans comic book. To put it mildly. It's frequently portrayed as not so much ending, as extending past the panel border and/or merging into a sort of rocket exhaust when she flies. It's shorter in the TV cartoon.
  • Jean Grey had hair like this in the late eighties and the nineties, but once those Running the Asylum came in, her hair grew short again.
    • Storm had ridiculously long hair for someone living in the African wilderness and constantly standing in the wind/being rained upon. In the Joe Madureira era, she had a large mop of hair on her head which reached the floor, but wasn't straight (and mostly Godiva Hair like in the '80s) but a large mop which looked like it had a life of its own and...quite heavy. She killed Marrow nonetheless.
    • Rogue also had very long hair in the mid-nineties and the eighties.
  • Artemis, from Wonder Woman, had (has?) a more than floor-length ponytail. It was always blown around so as to never touch the ground, whether or not anything else in the scene showed the effects of wind.
  • Rapunzel's Revenge. Rapunzel in the Wild West, using her plait as a lasso.
  • Rapunzel when she appeared in Fables. Because she was cursed, she couldn't stay in place around the mundies for too long and had a rather modern twist to her curse...her hair was cut several times a day, then donated to a wig factory; and the people there thought she was a colony of Amish girls.
    • It proved to be quite an interesting case of Blessed with Suck. Rapunzel makes quite a lot of money selling her hair, she makes three sets of hair several feet in length a day that are completely undamaged from wear and tear or cosmetics. Unfortunately she can barely enjoy her fortune since she's not allowed to be in the normal world for more than three hours at a time and cannot stay in the same place for more than an hour.
  • Malekith the Accursed, from Thor. Towheaded dark elf who looks like the In-Betweener in drag. Has more yards of hair than most women in Marveldom with the possible exception of Medusa. One has to wonder how many times he's gotten stuck on a tree or a telephone pole while flying and why he even bothers with pouches when his bouffant could easily double as a bag of holding.
  • Medusa of The Inhumans has extremely long prehensile hair that she can use as a weapon.
  • In Noob, Couette's hair easily touches the ground if she happens to be sitting on it. Se gets away with it by only doing it for her gaming avatar and having her hair (presumably) shoulder-length while still wearing her trademark Girlish Pigtails in real life.

    Fairy Tales 
  • The Trope Namer and (il)logical extreme of this trope is Rapunzel, the Fairy Tale heroine whose hair was the ladder in and out of her prison tower; both the witch who imprisoned and the prince used this.
  • Older Than Steam: Other fairy tales that include this hair ladder (which is older than Rapunzel) include Snow-White-Fire-Red and The Fair Angiola. This type of tale is known as "Maiden in the Tower" and the earliest known version is Petrosinella, recorded in 1634. Rapunzel Hair is not found outside it in fairy tales, and isn't always found in it. Somehow "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your knotted hemp rope" doesn't have the same ring.

    Fanfic 
  • During the Buffy series, Dawn usually had waist-length hair. In the Buffy/Stargate crossover fic All Your Base Are Belong To Her, she's been letting it grow out for most of two years, and it's now well past her hips. It's striking enough that it's the first thing Jack notices about her, and Daniel also notes it as he's assembling an mental profile of the mysterious girl who's just appeared in the Gateroom.
  • The Grand Elder from the Homestuck fic Cultstuck has hair down to his feet, and he's extremely tall.
  • In the Lucky Star fanfic Starbound, this is the primary factor that each of twelve Magé Stones look for in a potential host, before restyling her hair to reside in.
  • Fan authors in Tolkien's Legendarium often create characters with very long hair, especially Elven ones, in keeping with characters that appear both in the original works and in the film adaptations.
    • In The Awkward Adventures of Meghan Whimblesby, when Meghan becomes an elf, she suddenly has long wavy hair down to below her waist. Unlike most such characters, Meghan has trouble with her hair. It gets in her face and in her mouth, and is hard to clean and detangle. In chapter 23 "Arrivals", Meghan cuts her hair to about shoulder length.
    • In The Game of the Gods, at least three of Morgoth's Mary Sue characters have hair down to their ankles.
    • In The Last Queen Of Greenwood, Caradel describes her own hair in chapter 5.
      I had washed my hair and tied it up in rags, so that it curled slightly as it cascaded down my back. Although it was shorter than normal, it still reached nearly to the top of my legs.
  • In Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, Sakura has long pink hair that is stated to be her pride and joy. Unfortunately for her, during her fight with Ino in the Uchiha Zaibatsu Invitational Tournament, Ino takes advantage of Sakura's hair length by grabbing it (with the expected pain that follows from such a thing) and holding Sakura in place to give her a beat-down.

    Films — Animated 
  • Rapunzel from Tangled has 70 feet of hair! It's to be expected, since she's, you know, Rapunzel.
    "And then I'll brush and brush, and brush and brush my hair."
    • This is also one of the cases where it's justified; her hair has magic healing powers which stop working when the lock is cut, so she had to grow it out. Also, averted in the end when she gets a pixie cut.
    • It's also just plain awesome, likely due to its magic properties. It can't be pulled, doesn't fall out and is extremely strong. Also, at the one point where it gets wet, it's shown to dry in an impossibly short time.
  • In Brave, Merida's hair, curly, reaches just about to her waist. Considering how curly her hair is, its true length is probably considerably longer. Her mother is a more classic example, as her straight hair, wrapped, reaches to her knees, and when unwrapped is six and a half feet long — that is to say, longer than she is tall!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Big Bad of the first Crow movie had long black hair (worn loose), which is basically Anime Hair in real life.
    • Similarly, the vaguely Yakuza-esque poker player in Casino Royale.
    • Many of Michael Wincott's roles involve long, flowing hair, including 1492: Conquest Of Paradise.
  • Princess Leia, when she finally lets her hair down in Return of the Jedi. For many viewers, this resulted in a Fridge Logic moment when we contemplated how she got all that hair into those hairstyles we'd seen in the previous movies. There's a webpage discussing that her hairstyles would be impossible with that length of hair anyway. Possibly justified in that ROTJ is the last movie, and only there do we see it down, so it's probable that her hair was much shorter in the previous two movies and was growing during that time.
    • There is a photograph of Carrie Fisher wearing her Empire Strikes Back wig with the braids unwrapped. They are just below waist length ie: about the same length as her hair in Return of the Jedi.
  • Three of Cate Blanchett's most famous roles - Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings, Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth, and Lady Marion Loxley in Robin Hood (2010) - have her with hair well past her waist.
  • Monica Bellucci plays a Rapunzel type character with appropriately long hair in The Brothers Grimm.
  • Eva Green sports this hairstyle in a lot of her films such as Kingdom of Heaven, The Golden Compass and most recently the TV series Camelot. All are either period or fantasy pieces.
  • Evanna Lynch has hair well past her waist as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films.
  • In the Jackie Chan film The Forbidden Kingdom there is a warrior who has extremely long white hair that she uses as a weapon.
  • Aisling from The Secret of Kells has long white hair that reaches just past her ankles.
  • Olivia Hussey in the 1966 Romeo and Juliet had waist-length hair. It reportedly inspired a huge number of young women to grow their hair out that long.
  • Mika Rottenberg made a short film called "Cheese" loosely based on the real-life Sutherland sisters (see "Real Life" section below) featuring several women with appropriately-long hair.

    Literature 
  • Fierce gothy-girl Isa, from Only Echoes Remain has a magnificent mane of glossy black hair, which, thanks to her magical nature, is extremely 'shiny and swirly'—to the point where the smallest breeze sometimes makes her grumble about feeling like a living commercial for expensive hair products.
  • In some parts of the world in the Sword of Truth series, the length and style of a woman's hair is directly related to their status, so the Mother Confessor, the de facto leader and most powerful woman of this region, has very long hair. It's stated to be somewhere slightly above her hips and below the small of her back, and she cannot cut her own hair. It magically gives her great pain, as it does all Confessors.
  • An implied literary example is found in the dramatic poem The Highwayman, when Bess, the landlord's daughter, stands at the casement window, leaning over, and her lover stands up on his horse, she lets her hair out and it hits him in the face. (It's a lot more romantic than that, I assure you.)
    He rose upright in the stirrups.
    He scarce could reach her hand,
    But she loosened her hair in the casement.
    His face burnt like a brand
    As the black cascade of perfume
    came tumbling over his breast;
    And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
    (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
    Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight,
    and galloped away to the west
    .
  • Quinn in Dian Curtis Regan's Princess Nevermore has hair almost to her feet.
  • Walk Two Moons: Sal's hair is long enough to sit on.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion had Lúthien magically grow her hair long, in order to use it to escape her elvish father — he had grounded her in a treehouse (there's a pun in there somewhere...) to stop her from following her mortal lover, whom he had sent away to get rid of him. She makes a rope for escaping the treehouse, and a cloak which induces sleep in anyone else it touched. Of course, this leaves her nearly bald until it grows back.
  • In the later Anne of Green Gables books, Anne's friend and neighbor Leslie has blonde hair down to her feet, which she keeps pinned up except when she's just washed it.
  • Lampshaded by Rapunzel in the Piers Anthony Xanth novels who is, of course, based on the fairy tale of the same name. Her magic talent is her ability to grow her hair to exceedingly long lengths, never feel the weight of it, and have it take up no more volume on the top of her head when wrapped up than she wants it to.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel "Lungbarrow", the Doctor's cousin Innocet has resolved not to cut her hair until she sees daylight again. This results in her having to walk about with 673 years' worth of hair in a colossal plait.
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's Cetaganda, all the Haut Ladies of the Star Creche have extremely long hair. Towards the end of the book, one of them has been restrained by the simple expedient of tying her hair in place. Miles (who has come to rescue her, amongst other things) suggests cutting it and she reacts with horror. He winds up distracting her and cutting it anyway. She is NOT pleased with him.
  • Possibly hinted in Twilight. Bella listens to a Quileute legend about a pair of vampires. The shapeshifters killed the male, so his mate (described as having knee-length golden hair) comes and attacks the village.
  • In Jane Yolen's Great Alta Saga, Jenna and her shadow-sister Skada have braids that go down past their waist. While it's pointed out that this is impractical for warriors, it turns out to be helpful when they strangle the Big Bad with them.
  • In E Nesbit's comedic fairy-tale story "Melisande", Princess Melisande is cursed at birth to be bald. When she grows up she is given a magical wish, and at the prompting of her mother requests long, lovely, fast-growing hair. The result is the Rapunzel Hair from hell.
  • Probably King David's son Absalom:
    Whenever he cut the hair of his head — he used to cut his hair from time
    to time when it became too heavy for him — he would weigh it, and its weight
    was two hundred shekels (five pounds) by the royal standard. — 2 Samuel 14:26
  • Della in The Gift of the Magi has beautiful brown hair that, when unpinned, reaches to her knees. It doesn't have a happy ending - the hair, that is.
  • As for Buttercup in The Princess Bride, her hair length is never specified, but at eighteen the narration mentions it's never been cut. For most people, that would be butt-length or thigh length. Long enough to sit on.
  • Miss Hardbroom in The Worst Witch series keeps her hair tied up in a really tight bun 24/7 except for the Halloween celebrations, where the girls are amazed that it goes right down to her waist. Mildred remarks that she doesn't look half as frightening when her hair is down.
  • In Alexandre Dumas' The Woman with the Velvet Necklace, Arsene is described as a tall woman, and her hair doesn't just fall past her hips, it apparently trails on the ground behind her.
  • Susannah, the protagonist of Repeat It Today With Tears by Anne Peile, has this in the first half of the story. It's never described how long her hair is, but after she chops it all off after being committed to a mental institution, it takes five paper bags to dispose of all the hair.
  • This is a sign of a warrior's aptitude amongst the Dothraki of A Song of Ice and Fire. Men only cut their hair when they have been defeated in battle. Khal Drogo, the reknowned leader of the largest khalesar, had a braid of hair that went to his thighs.
  • Mishani's literal ankle-length hair in Weavers of Saramyr.
  • Queen Susan of Narnia is described as having black hair down to her feet.
  • One of Pavel Bazhov's stories is about a man who wants to marry a girl with gold Rapunzel Hair. The problem is that 1) It's real gold hair, and the writer tends to avert Hollywood Density. 2) Her father is against their marriage. 3) Said father is a demigod serpent with literal control over all gold. 4) The hair becomes longer with each failed attempt. Therefore, by the end the guy (stated to be exceptionally strong, but still) has to carry half a ton of weight which is being actively pulled out of his arms.
  • In the Little House on the Prairie book, These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls (Wilder) notes at one point that her hair is down to her knees. In another book in the series, Ma Ingalls notes that when she married Pa, her hair was equally long.
  • From the Honor Harrington series, there's Lieutenant Abigail Hearns, Miss Owens, of the Grayson Space Navy — the first native-born Grayson woman to join the service. Her hair is nearly waist-length and frequently terribly inconvenient, but she simply can't bring herself to cut it; you can take the girl off Grayson but you can't take the Grayson out of the girl, and no respectable Grayson woman would ever cut her hair short. Thus, she deals with it as is, no matter how frustrating it sometimes is for her.
  • Many of the vampyres in The House of Night have long, flowing hair.
  • In Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown, one of the rivalries between Aerin and Galanna is hair length. Galanna's is long enough to sit on, but Aerin's is ankle-length when it's wet.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The 10th Kingdom, Virginia is briefly cursed with very-fast-growing hair, that requires both other characters to help her carry it and almost smothers her overnight. Of course, it's a reference to Rapunzel, and, yes, the hair eventually does get used as a rope. Eventually Wolf takes a magic axe to it, leaving her with a very short hairstyle.
  • Piper in Charmed grew her hair to waist length in the second season and kept it pretty much that same length for the rest of the series.
    • Phoebe gains Rapunzel Hair in the season 5 finale where the sisters are transformed into the Greek Goddesses. Phoebe is given Aphrodite's long golden tresses. Paige also gets waist-length hair when she is temporarily transformed into a wood nymph
  • The season 1 finale of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had Sabrina trapped in a tower by a troll so she cast a spell on her hair to make it long enough for Harvey to climb up.
    • Hilda also ate "hair soup" in another episode that gave her waist-length tresses as well as a full beard.
    • Roxie's hair also grew to past her waist by the show's seventh season.
  • Shelly Du Vall naturally adopted the traditional long golden hair when she played Rapunzel in an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. Even after Rapunzel's Traumatic Haircut the hair was still down to the floor.
  • A BBC TV series that modernised fairy tales had Charity Wakefield as a tennis player named Rapunzel, named so because her hair went down to her thighs (she had her own shampoo line from this, which is why her mother kept it long). She hung it out the window and it even reached down to a balcony below.
  • True to her book counterpart in The Worst Witch Kate Duchene sported the waist length hair as Miss Hardbroom though Mildred Hubble was shown to have hair the same length when she let it loose.
  • Amy Barnes in Hollyoaks, has since had her hair cut short as part of a domestic abuse storyline.
  • The mother (Diana) in Party of Five is stated to have had incredibly long hair all down her back and her husband wouldn't allow her to cut it short.
  • Quite a few Super Sentai heroines have had waist-length hair, as well as at least one male character (Makito in Mahou Sentai Magiranger.) Eri from Tensou Sentai Goseiger has hair almost long enough to sit on, and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Joe begins the series with a ponytail halfway down his back that eventually grows out past his waist (it was attached to the actor's real hair, which grew out considerably over the course of a year.)
  • Played for laughs in The Muppet Show. A group of Whatnots sing "Aquarius" from Hair while their hair rapidly grows throughout the 1-minute song to the point where they can't see or move properly.
  • Also spoofed in The Goodies when Graham goes to rescue Rapunzel from her tower by climbing her hair, only when he puts his weight on it he yanks her out of the tower.
  • In H2O: Just Add Water Miss Chatham's hair is very long, though we only ever see it partially down. Presumably the full thing reaches to bum length.
  • In Game of Thrones, Khal Drogo. Justified: Dothraki warriors only cut their hair when they are defeated in battle. And Khal Drogo has never been defeated.

    Music 
  • For years, singer Crystal Gayle's hair was long enough to trail behind her until she cut it to ease the strain on her neck caused by wearing it that way.
  • Similarly Yoshiki Hayashi, the leader of Visual Kei band X Japan cut his waist long hair to the despair of his female fans, because it took him hours to wash and care for it every day, and because it was making his neck pain worse.
  • Danny Cecatti, former lead singer of Pegazus.
  • Herman Li, guitarist in DragonForce, has hair down to his knees. His headbangs are pretty wicked.
    • And their former lead singer, ZP Theart, has waist-length hair. There's a reason why two of the band's three music videos feature wind machines.
  • Brian Fair, lead singer of Shadows Fall, also has hair down to his knees... in dreadlocks. Very impressive when windmilling.
  • Key Kool (front/center) of Visionaries has nearly waist-length hair; it's not very noticeable since he usually wears in a knot at the base of his head. After his hair stylist marveled at his "virgin hair" (no bleaching, dying, or perming, just a huge amount of gel every day) he cut it off to donate to charity. It's since grown back (and, yes, he did dress as a Chinese person one Halloween).
  • Long hair is a common thing with musicians, particularly Heavy Metal to the point where some metalheads hilariously treat the length of one's hair as Serious Business.
  • Peter "Aconite" from Novus has hair down to his waist.
  • Vocaloid features Miku Hatsune and her floor-length green pigtails. She's not the only one though—there's also Luka, Haku, Neru, Miki, Lily, and Gakupo.
    • Also Iroha (she has a bob and a really long ponytail). And from the new batch, we get IA and Ring, with Rion as a much less extreme example.
    • MAYU, MAIKA, See U, and to an extent, Merli.
  • Exo-Chika from Visual Kei/Electronica duo Aural Vampire has hair that goes past her butt.
  • In the Spice Girls video for "Holler" Victoria's hair is past her waist. Especially glaring since the Double-A side it was released with ("Let Love Lead The Way") has her with a pixie cut. In the same video Emma is shown with knee-length hair in her 'water' scenes while it's at its normal length in the group scenes. Mel C was also sporting some pretty lengthy hair in the video for "Goodbye".
  • In a similar case of a Double-A side with hair long in one video and short in the other, Tina Barrett from S Club 7. The "Two In A Million" video has her hair reaching to her waist while it's shoulder-length in the video for "You're My Number One"
  • The song "Legs" by ZZ Top includes the lyric, "She's got hair / down to her fanny."

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Oddly enough, this trope is found in the communion of Christian Saints: Saint Mary Magdalene is traditionally depicted as having very long hair. It arises from the conflating of Mary Magdalene with the unnamed woman who washed Jesus' feet and dried them with her hair, then anointed them with perfumed oil, doubling as a sign of her (apocryphal) sensuous, extravagant life pre-Jesus.)
  • Sikhs of any sex are commanded not to cut any of their hair. It is combed twice daily and kept tightly wound underneath their turban.
  • Apostolic women are mandated by their faith to never cut their hair. However, many of them have it in ponytails or buns.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A possible taboo for the Wu Jen class in Dungeons & Dragons is "Cannot cut hair". Of course, you know this would be the obvious result.
    • Also from Dungeons & Dragons, a Braid Blade (as it sounds, a short blade tied to the end of a person's braid), introduced in Dungeon Magazine #120, would logically require hair of this length to make effective.
    • In the Forgotten Realms setting, Eilistraee, the goddess of the good-aligned drow, is represented with very long hair.
  • The Warhammer 40,000 Dark Eldar gladiator queen Lelith Hesperax has hair long enough to use as an entangling net (naturally it is woven with poisoned barbs too) but then she is also skilled enough with a simple metal blade to not need a power weapon to bypass armour, and fast enough on her feet to dodge bullets even without combat drugs, even with all that hair.

    Theatre 
  • Melisande, in Maurice Maeterlinck's play "Pelleas and Melisande", has hair so long that, when she leans out from the window of a tower, her hair almost reach the bottom.
  • Rapunzel in Into the Woods, natch.

    Video Games 
  • Detective Daria in Touch Detective... somewhat subverted/lampshaded, as the main character can touch her hair, but discovers it's pretty coarse, dirty and full of split ends.
  • Nariko in Heavenly Sword has this, and it has been made fun of.
  • Another male example: Zero in both Mega Man X and Zero. By default, so's Omega Zero.
    • Zero's co-star Ciel isn't so far off, either. And the official art depicts her hair as even longer.
    • Two more male examples: Mega Man ZX's Giro and Vent, the latter effective in Advent. Vent in ZX and Aile in both games is a case of Compressed Hair when using Model ZX.
  • The female versions of the Psychopomp, Seeker, Spear Master, Ravener and Gunner bloodlines in Bloodline Champions have this.
  • Millia Rage from Guilty Gear combines this with Prehensile Hair, and turns both Up to Eleven. The victory pose where she lets it down and about a third of it drags on the ground around her seems impressive, but you slowly realize it can somehow grow a lot longer than that when you see the ends of her hair tunnel into the ground, then come up and stab someone five feet away.
  • Touhou has several examples:
  • Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.
    • Crisis Core actually lampshades this by having his fanclub e-mail specifically state that he requires an entire bottle of shampoo and conditioner every time he washes his hair to properly maintain it.
    • He's not the only one to possess this trait in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. The Emperor of Final Fantasy II, Ultimecia of Final Fantasy VIII, Cosmos, the goddess of harmony in this game all have hair of similar length. The Onion Knight has a rat-tail mullet that reaches his knees.
    • Aerith and Tifa, though the latter shortens it a little later on for the movie. In the game, both of them have hair of the same kind of length as Sephiroth, but keep it tied so that it doesn't flow all over the place.
  • In Final Fantasy IX Princess Garnet has hair that reaches her butt until she cuts it, it also has very rapid growth as it grows back to that full length in presumably half a year (though this could be attributed to the devs not bothering to make yet another model for the ending scenes and her hair growning back would be a good indicator that time had passed).
  • Another Final Fantasy example: Yunalesca in Final Fantasy X and Nooj in Final Fantasy X-2 both have ridiculously long hair. Yunalesca's might not need the maintenance though, since she's dead.
  • Averted in Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2. All of the possible unmodded female hairstyles in the first game were shoulder-length at most; in the second the longest female hair comes down to the middle of the character's back.
  • Quite a few Disgaea characters have hair that reaches at least down to their hips, including Flonne, Lamington, Yukimaru, Fukubi, Sapphire, Asuka, and Salvatore. This is only counting plot characters, mind you - if we were counting generic units or bonus Nippon Ichi characters, we'd be here all week.
  • Pop N Music has Ophelia (no relation to that trope), who has black, feet-length hair that she ties into a long ponytail. Her full-gauge win and lose animations consist of her hair untying itself to show just how much of it she has. Appropriately enough, the song that she's the character for is called "Rapunzel".
  • Later incarnations of Sonic the Hedgehog feature hair bordering on this trope.
  • Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia has insanely lengthy hair that is meticulously animated sprite by sprite. Even if she barely moves, her hair flails out. And damn, does she know how to lift it...
  • Miang Hawwa has this hair in the opening video in Xenogears.
    • So does Elly.
  • It is often missed and sometimes hard to credit given the She-Fu, but Cammy from the Street Fighter games sports Braids of Action that reach her ankles. Yes, the handle/rein jokes write themselves.
  • Hyo Imawano from Rival Schools keeps his ankle-long white hair in a ponytail, until he is possessed by his dead father Mugen to become Demon Hyo, after which his hair is let loose but floats eerily in the air as if he was underwater.
  • In RosenkreuzStilette, Grolla, Liebea, Lilli, Strudel, and Iris all have hair reaching down to around their knees. The same could be said for Tia, Freudia, and Zorne as well if they unbanded their hair.
  • Bayonetta definitely qualifies, to the point Rapunzel herself would be jealous. She also qualifies for Godiva Hair because her Spy Catsuit is her hair. It flows off her body whenever she attacks.
  • Xigbar in Kingdom Hearts II and 358/2 Days has an almost butt-length ponytail.
  • Sophie in Tales of Graces has lilac twintails that almost reach the ground. Fortunately, maintenance isn't a problem for robots.
  • Cynthia from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has hair down to her legs.
    • Karen in the Pokémon Gold and Silver/Crystal games had her hair in shoulder-length. In the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes, it reachers to her hips.
    • The two pale in comparison to Caitlin in Pokémon Black and White. Take one look at her official art. That's not even all of it. Her art in Gen IV was actually a bit more realistic.
    • A Pokemon example of this trope is Zoroark.
    • One of the series' few male examples: N.
  • Lucia from Fire Emblem Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. It even becomes a plot point in Radiant Dawn due to her Traumatic Haircut.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl Cynthia in Silent Hill 4: The Room. She also uses it as a weapon.
  • Male example: Hawk/Hawkeye from Seiken Densetsu 3.
  • Sexy Stewardess Cammy Meele from Ace Attorney Investigations fits this trope to a T.
    • From the main series, Athena Cykes and Maya Fey, though the latter's hair length varies in official art.
  • Litchi Faye-Ling in BlazBlue has a really long hair, even after tied to a ponytail. Like Millia above, the ponytail can come off and it still touches the ground.
    • Pfffft. Try the whole female cast. Well, barring Makoto and Bullet (who appropriately both have Boyish Short Hair), and Tsubaki (who's flowing red hair is at a realistic length). Taokaka has long blonde braids sticking out of her hood, and Noel has really long hair as well but it's all kept in that puffy blue beret hat thing most of the time. Nu-13 and Lambda-11 both have a knee-length braid with a knife on the end.
  • Shantae's purple hair in Shantae reaches very close to the ground level.
  • As portrayed in Shin Megami Tensei, the Irish fae known as Leanan Sidhe has hair so long she's balancing on it (technically she's actually hovering, but that's the way it looks). In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, "She has really long hair. No, really long" is the only hint Anthony needs to give you when you need to take his love confession to one.
    • Yomotsu Shikome as portrayed in Mega Ten games may count too; It is unclear whether or not it is just a floating head with six feet of hair substituting for an actual body.
  • Tales of the Abyss has Asch and Luke (before the latter cuts his off). Tear keeps her hair at a similar length.
  • Golden Sun warrior-types seem improbably fond of this trope:
    • In the first game, Anti-Villain Menardi has loose blonde hair at least to her hips, probably farther.
    • Chalis's knee-length pink hair in Dark Dawn.
    • Sveta's white Braids of Action in Dark Dawn reach around her ankles in her character art, where she's whipping them around, so they're probably actually longer.
    • Eoleo's improbably red ponytail for a male example. Really, he's a pirate and he wears his hair like that on the open seas? How does he keep it from tangling? Psynergy?
  • King of Fighters: Duo Lon is definitely one of the huge embodiments of this trope. Xiao Lon as well in King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation A.
  • Nikki Chan of 3DO fighting game Way Of The Warrior sports a ponytail which dangles to her legs and can be used as a weapon in some of her attacks.
  • Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, at least in II, III and IV, In IV, if it were not braided, it would be at least knee-length, but it gets progressively shorter in the sequels as they usually feature her at a younger age.
  • Estelle Bright from Legend Of Heroes VI has twin tails that reaches to her skirt.
  • The female protagonist in Legend of Mana, complete with Improbable Hairstyle.
  • Martial artist Lita Branchimont from Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana has very long, brown hair.
  • Another male example: Guile from Chrono Cross. It's long and braided.

    Visual Novels 
  • Misuzu from AIR has long hair past her hips, that she usually keeps in a long ponytail. It doesn't seem to hinder her mobility in the slightest, even when it gets wet. Getting it cut signifies an important turn of events in the series.
  • From CLANNAD: Tomoyo, Kyou and Sanae all fits with their fall slightly past their hips.
  • Rider in Fate/stay night. The length is pretty inconsistent, at times appearing waist length and at one point when running up a building it trails a good two or three feet below her.
  • G-Senjou no Maou has Haru Usami's trademark head of hair which everyone she meets comments on. It's a huge mess of hair which runs past her hips. It's also plot-related, as when she was a kid, she had a boy-cut. Upon meeting Kyousuke, he comments that he'd like it if Haru had longer hair. The problem was that he didn't specify how long he wanted it.
  • Eris, Shizuku, and Runa from the Girls Love Eroge Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo all have really long hair that fits this trope. Eris and Shizuku are paired together in the eighth game which gave that game the nickname of "Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Hair Fetish Edition".
  • In a flashback in Tsukihime, Arcueid (pictured) is shown to have had floor length hair before her sister Altrouge chopped it off after beating her in a fight, leaving her with the familiar short hair of the present day. In Melty Blood she gets the long hair back when she turns into Archetype Earth.
  • Beatrice of Umineko no Naku Koro ni is revealed to have this after she has a breakdown and becomes an Empty Shell in the fifth game. Possibly lampshaded, as when we first see her, Virgilia is brushing her hair for her.
  • In Katawa Shoujo, it is revealed that Misha's pink hair used to be brown and much longer, almost to her waist. Out of the date-able girls, three have long hair: Hanako, Lilly and Emi; in the meantime, Miki Miura is just as longhaired as them.
  • School Days gives us Kotonoha Katsura and her hip-length hair. Hikari also has pretty long hair, but since she keeps it on pigtails it doesn't look that long.
  • In Little Busters!, both Kurugaya and Kud have very long hair. In particular, Riki seems to have a thing for Kud's hair - he gets distracted by it several times, and there's even a scene/CG where they have to cuddle up together with Kud in front of him and he ends up stroking his hands through it. Kud thinks it's a little weird, but not in a bad way.
  • In the middle of Season 2, Rose Guns Days introduces a young girl who loses her memories after being hit by Rose's car while running away from procurers. The latter offers her her protection in apology, and names her Rapunzel because of this trope. Rose herself has very long hair − cut in a downright impossible way.
  • In the eroge Madou Souhei Kleinhasa, Llun's hair reaches her hips, and Roze's hair is long enough to drag on the ground, despite the fact that they're are supposed to be soldiers.

    Webcomics 
  • Twenty-fifth Baam/Jyu Viole Grace gets this after the Time Skip.
  • In It's Walky!, Sal has waist-length hair long enough to cover all her naughty bits during a post-sex scene, despite being an Action Girl who relies primarily on speed and mobility in combat, though she is super-strong.
  • Samantha Thing and Michelle Flammel from Monsterful.
    • Justified with Samantha considering her monster species (Ittboo) are beings with permanent long hair, and since her mother is a Futakuchi-Onna she's also able to control her hair at will.
  • The webcomic/novel Alien Dice is full of characters with long hair. Chel's hair falls to her knees, Claudia's curls are about knee length. Riley, like most Rishan, has hair past his ankles, but it's mostly worn up. Damien's hair is down to his ankles. Maelinn's hair is ankle length as well. Zaile's hair is very long when compared to his siblings, as a sign of his higher status than them, but shorter than . The alien characters are justified since long hair is a sign of status in their culture, and Litan never cut their hair. Chel's hair, however, is never really mentioned.
  • Justified in Drowtales, since hairstyle is used to advertise one's social status, with short hair being reserved for slaves and servants. This means that when Vaelia is officially promoted to be Ariel's guard she gets hair extensions put in so she won't be mistaken for a slave. Also, Ariel has another use for her long hair.
  • Princess Volutpua in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
  • Reliquary takes place in a religious culture where hair corresponds to rank. It's common to see clergy with waist-length hair, and the visiting Cardinal's is even longer than that.
  • Kili of The Dragon Doctors used to have short hair, but ever since she and her boyfriend Greg became werewolves, their hair has started growing incredibly fast and is now pretty much always at this length. This resulted in at least one instance of Godiva Hair when Kili exploded out of her clothes during one werewolf transformation.
  • This is a common style in Umbria, even having a spiky variant worn by Felincia. Lampshaded in an early arc, where Aylia "repairs" a hideous haircut... by making Jenny's hair grow out too far.
    Jenny: How is this solving the problem?!
    Aylia: Very effectively, I'd say.
  • Reagan in Templar Arizona.
  • Machbom in Bomberman Land Parody was stated to once had hair that trails a few inches across the ground (Present Mach only had shoulder length hair) before Shiro severed it off. Some of the fanarts of him by the same Author also shows that it is inconvenient as his hair gets tangled onto everything prior to getting it cut off
  • Zintel from Flaky Pastry had this for some time. It seemed to have a mind of its own, though sometime after it was cut short in battle (wherein it mummified her opponent) she showed off the ability to change her hairstyle with a mere thought.
  • In Seekers, Nareen's high ponytail reaches almost to her feet.
  • Deirdre Bradley in Avalon. She's even able to braid it in no more than eight seconds due to not having it cut for twenty years.
  • Haley of The Order of the Stick recently upgraded her short-short hair to Rapunzel Hair here. For bonus points, she's combined it with Godiva Hair. After having a little fun with it, she cuts the hair back to a manageable length.
  • Thae from Overlord Academy somehow manages to be an Action Girl with ankle-length blonde hair
  • In El Goonish Shive, Elliot during Grace's Birthday Party. Susan has this naturally and it was lampshaded quite rudely.
    • Noah also has this, despite being male. It's one of the things that make people very confused as to his gender when they first meet him.
  • Homestuck. Some characters have long hair, but the troll Empress has them all beat. In turn, this inspired the fan artists to draw her with even bigger hair.
    • Accordingly, Meenah, her Pre-Scratch incarnation, has hair that is actually longer than she is tall, though she keeps it done up in twin rattails.
  • In Ears for Elves:
    • Rolan and Luero have hair to just below their knees, and it's likely that Myari would if she let it down.
    • Tanna had this when she was young, but now the longest her hair gets is to her mid-back.
    • Several characters on this page do; then again, their hair does serve as panel breaks and the art is very stylised.
  • In Sinfest, Monique briefly fantasizes about being like this -- and getting to be Rapunzel on top.
  • Johanna in Sire. She is 5'8" and her hair goes to her ankles.
  • Yuki and Ping in Megatokyo.
  • A yet-to-be-officially-named character of Creative Release has feet-length, blonde hair.
  • Amber from Matchu has hair so long she can roll into a ball with it, and her morning routine consists of getting rid of things that get stuck in her hair, such as a quarter, her cat, a pizza box, an a-bomb, and her best friend. It is unwise to suggest she cut it off or donate it.
  • Rachel from TheSenkari has hair well below her waist. This is despite officially being a soldier in an army armed with swords.
  • Blindsprings has Tamaura, whose hair is twice the size of her frail body and is composed entirely of Regal Ringlets.

    Web Original 
  • Broken Saints heroine Shandala has hair like this at first, but quickly loses it in favor of a shoulder-length do by Chapter 6.
  • In Survival of the Fittest v4, we get Bridget Connolly, who is well-known for having knee-length red hair, though usually tied back. This was until she cut it while on the island, after hearing about the death of her best friend, Raina Morales.
  • Slipknot, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe has Prehensile Hair that hangs down to his ankles, even if one takes his topknot into account.
  • Played with by Cyanide and Happiness animation Repulsel. WARNING link potentially NSFW.
  • It's a common style in fanfiction for original characters, especially Mary Sues.
  • Toki and, in this picture, the artist pointed out in the description that her hair would be even longer.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    • When Katara has her hair down, it's almost the same length as when it's in a braid.
    • Toph is mostly an aversion, as though the one time we see her with her hair out, it's freaking enormous, she normally keeps it in a tight bun roughly the size of the rest of her head.
    • Azula's hair is also pretty long when unbound.
  • Both Jazz Fenton and Paulina from Danny Phantom have hair down to their hips, but Literal Genie Desiree is much more blatant in both length and width.
  • Marge Simpson's enormous Beehive Hairdo. It's been shown that when she has her hair worn down it's roughly waist length. (Though it varies, one episode briefly showed it as knee length, and that was when her hair was falling out)
  • KaBlam!'s "The Offbeats" has Repunzil, and June had Rapunzel Hair once in the shorts before she became part of the show.
  • Trixie Tang and Princess Mandie on The Fairly Oddparents
  • One of the Ugly Princesses from Wakfu has Rapunzel Hair... and beard... and mustache... that are prehensile.
  • In an episode of Totally Spies!, Clover was captured and her hair was grown really long to be used as a wig. Unfortunately, it made her very weak. The other girls even used the hair Rapunzel style.
  • Sierra from Total Drama World Tour has hair reaching her butt (and she's the tallest girl), and given how it's braided it should be even longer. Unfortunately, as of her injury near the end of the season, she's bald now.
  • Princess Bubblegum and Marceline of Adventure Time fame have this, with PB's reaching roughly to her knees while Marceline's goes even farther than that. Finn as well, though it's gotten shorter in recent appearances.
    • In the episode "Bad Little Boy", Finn's Gender Flip counterpart Fionna reveals to have this sort of hair.
    • Ice King and his Gender Flip counterpart Ice Queen have this hair too.
  • Ami Onuki from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes has Saffi.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Forget wearing capes, Blossom's orange locks are long enough to be a cape! It's also long enough to support a highway for toy cars and be styled to look like a rabbit, both at the same time.
  • Starfire's hair was shortened for the animated Teen Titans, on the other hand, villain Cheshire's hair was lengthened: it seems to fall to about her knees.
  • Artemis from Young Justice has very long blond hair that's usually in a ponytail that reaches her hips. In season 2, she cut her hair to shoulder length.
  • Megan from the classic My Little Pony series had hair that was impressively long even when bound in a Tomboyish Ponytail. Princesses Celestia and Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have spectacularly long and large manes and tails.
  • Calamity Jane from The Legend of Calamity Jane. How she manages to hide her hip-length red locks under that hat is a complete mystery.
  • On Gravity Falls, Mabel, Wendy and Pacifica all have hair that goes down their waists.
  • In Angels Friends, Raf, Cabiria and Temptel all have this.
  • In Winx Club, the Winx members have flowing hair. In the beginning it used to be at the hips, but then increased to the knees when in a transformation of Enchantix or above, as well as in later seasons. Tecna is the exception, as her hair goes shoulder length at the longest. Of the Trix, Icy and Darcy and long hair as well, especially Darcy as her hair reaches her knees.
  • Beverly Hills Teens: Most of the girls aren't far from this trope. Also, in "Fairy Tale Fake Out" (a Fairy Tale Episode), Chester makes Blaze's hair (she is locked in a tower like Rapunzel) grow with some magic formula. It seems like the formula was flawed, though, since unlike normal hair, which can support twenty tons, the new hair couldn't even support the weight of the prince (Troy, that is).
  • Princess Whatshername from Earthworm Jim.
  • Abby Archer from Grossology has an overly large ponytail that goes down to her ankles.

    Real Life 
  • Taylor Momsen had it as past her waist at one point using hair extensions.
  • Australian Dominatrix Chanta Rose has hair down to her waist. She often wears it in a braided ponytail or bun.
  • Model Ruslana Korshunova was well-known for her incredibly long hair.
  • Empress Elisabeth ("Sisi/Sissi") of Bavaria. Her hair was so long that it reached her feet and took several hours to comb and braid, which she spent reading and writing letters while getting it done. Allegedly, one of her German hairstylists also had hair like that, which allowed her to take an occasional side job as Sisi's Body Double. When the empress had a headache (rather common, according to her), her hair was suspended by ribbons from the ceiling to take the weight off.
  • The seven Sutherland sisters, who traveled as a sideshow act with the Barnum & Bailey Circus, had 37 feet of hair between them, and sparked a fad for long hair in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Their father played on their fame to sell patent medicine hair tonic.)
  • In the Qing dynasty, all men were required to shave their forehead and wear the rest of their hair in a braid down their back. As this braid was not allowed to be cut, on punishment of death, this resulted in some impressive hair lengths. Females, while not required to wear the braid, were expected to keep their hair long as a sign of propriety; rich women often would wear wigs made of hair sold by poor women to make their hairdos even more elaborate.
  • In Heian Era Japan, court nobles – women and men both - wore their hair long and open, the longer, the better, as longer hair meant higher status, especially for women, where long, perfect hair cascading down to the Mo train of the Jűnihitoe was not only common, but highly coveted and desired.
  • Actress Patricia Morison was known for her hair, rumored to be 39 inches long.
  • According to the Guinness World Records, the longest coif in the world belongs to Xie Qiuping, at 5.6m long.
  • Kill Bill actress Chiaki Kuriyama typically wears natural long jet-black hair that reaches down to her waist.
  • 80's Mexican singer Daniela Romo was very famous for her extremely long dark brown hair, which easily reached down her butt. (She lost it in recent years due to cancer treatment.)
  • Native Americans often have hair that is at least waist-length, as it is a sign of health and (for men) honor/bravery.
  • March 1988 Playboy Playmate Susie Owens.
  • Haruna Kojima, an Idol Singer in Japanese girl group AKB48, has hair well past waist length.
  • Anna Kornikova has not cut her waist length hair since she was thirteen years old.
  • Kim Richards sported some amazing hair in the 80s that almost went down to her thighs.
  • Melina Perez, of WWE fame has had thick black hair down past her waist since around 2007-ish.
  • A lot of the members of the online Long Hair Community either have Rapunzel Hair or aspire to having it and regularly post about it in the forum section.
  • Sierra McCormick has a more realistic version of this. Her hair is nearly to her waist even when braided or curled.
  • Cher has had hair long enough to sit on.
  • Country singer Crystal Gayle's down-to-the-ground strands are her trademark.
  • Male example: Tomi Joutsen, lead singer of the Finnish band Amorphis, has dreadlocks that go down to to his knees.
  • Actress Shailene Woodley used to have this, before she cut it to play Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars.


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