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- Soi-Fon (the captain of Squad 2) in Bleach has two. If Short Hair with Tail is any character indicator, the short cut says she can kick some serious butt with the rest of them, and the long hair is in keeping with the dramatic, showy side of her personality and how girly she gets around Yoruichi.
- Macross Frontier has Ozma Lee, whose hair is short clipped and tousled all around with a ponytail down his back. This man has no mullet—he has pure awesome growing from his scalp.
- Tenchi Muyo! has Princess Ayeka. You'd hardly know she had the long hair without all that dramatic wind that keeps blowing. But she still has an adorable helmet-hair bob and some serious Rapunzel Hair long twin tails.
- Also Tenchi himself—cropped cut all around, rat tail in back. And he usually manages some butt kicking.
- From Mahou Sensei Negima! there's Kaede◊: short part in a straight bob, long part of her hair in a ponytail tied at the nape of her neck.
- Sailor Moon: All three Sailor Starlights have this hairstyle. Though considering their rather particular situation with varying canon, the male/female character implications of the hairstyle might change. Regardless of canon and gender confusion, they're all very pretty and they all kick butt.
- Ginza from Speed Grapher has very short hair, with a rat tail and two little side locks.
- Makoto from Idaten Jump.
- Asta, at least in the Trinity Blood anime. From the front, it looks like a short cut. From behind,◊ it's about as long as her Badass Longcoat.
- The goddess Peorth from Ah! My Goddess—just another quality to add to her fan-favorite status.
- Micaiah Chevelle from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid.
- Ray/Rei from the original Beyblade. Observe◊.
- Possibly inverted with Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, since his super-long tails are on top rather than on the underside.
- Mew Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew, in twin braids for everyday and in a wrapped tail as a Mew-Mew. You actually see her twin braids down in episode 6, and that was a lot of hair.◊
- Makimachi Misao from Rurouni Kenshin.
- 25 year old Mukuro◊ from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! let his medium-short hair grow, and chose to keep his looong hair in an equally long ponytail. Behold◊ (note: fan coloring). He's also undeniably badass.
- Uni in the same series also notably has this kind of hairstyle.
- In Saint Beast, Luca's hair looks like a normal short cut from the front but has a very long wrapped ponytail at the back.
- Hikaru in Magic Knight Rayearth has short hair with a long thin braid. Lafarga from the same series has short blond hair and a long ponytail.
- Musubi from Sekirei has this.
- Code Geass: Akito the Exiled features its titular hero, Akito Hyuuga◊ (pictured at right), with this hairstyle (the tail in question being a braid).
- Ashley Ashura also has this style.
- Komachi/Cure Mint from Yes! Pretty Cure 5, a Shrinking Violet and the Barrier Warrior of her team.
- Yui Kusanagi from Kamigami No Asobi sports this style, with the long hair tied back. It is perhaps to suggest a samurai-like image, considering she practises iaido.
- Loki also has this style, with a braid.
- Chifuyu Orimura from Infinite Stratos sports a variation in that she only ties her hair to resemble this hairstyle.
- Chris Yukine from Senki Zesshou Symphogear sports this during main storyline. She has this style in six large strands forming twin-tails (three each).
- Seraph of the End: Crowley has short red hair with the rest tied in a long braid.
- Peorth from Ah! My Goddess wears her hair like this, in contrast with the main three goddesses' more traditional long hair.
- Hopey and Maggie from Love and Rockets have had rattails and variations thereof at different points in the series.
- The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings describes Shatterstar's early look:
"Oh mercy, I just realized that the guy has a semi-short haircut everywhere, but has a real long ponytail, and then ALSO has two long braids coming out of like the back of his neck somewhere. Can you imagine how hard you would elbow your friend if you saw a dude with three ponytails? You would elbow the shit out of them."
Live Action TV
- In Babylon 5, the female cut for the Centauri could be considered this—shaved bald except for the long, long ponytail.
- Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2, above, has relatively short hair, except for a very long braid from the back underside that nearly reaches her feet. How she grew that much hair in two years or whether it's some sort of extension is unexplained. She is also an inversion of the trope's description. She started with short hair in Final Fantasy X and was more of The Chick. Her growing her hair long was a representation of her being more adventurous and bold.
- The noble protagonist Ramza Beoulve sports this do at the start of Final Fantasy Tactics. After his allies in the nobility show some stunning displays of Aristocrats Are Evil, he quickly forsakes his family name; it's sliced short by the time the player can control him again.
- Marche from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
- Grown-up Aile from Mega Man ZX Advent.
- Pretty Boys Yukimura and Nagamasa (and Kanbe) from Sengoku Basara all have this, supposedly so they could keep their long samurai hair while staying Hot-Blooded and manly.
- Firion and The Onion Knight in Dissidia: Final Fantasy
- Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear has a relatively short spiky hair with a long ponytail from the back.
- In Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, Cheripha◊ has this.
- Zhong Hui from Dynasty Warriors.
- Impa◊ in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has very short hair, but her bangs on her right side make a long tail.
- Etrian Odyssey IV uses this for one of its female Swordsmen. In addition to wearing a bandana over a ponytail, her hair looks shorter in the front, but includes sidetails. Notably, the other female Swordsman (who doubles as the class rep) just has a bob.
- Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII has an odd variation, with the tail being an 80's-tastic side ponytail.
- Karst from Golden Sun: The Lost Age wears her hair short with sidetails and a thin tail in the back.
- Kashuu Kiyomitsu, one of the starter swords in Touken Ranbu.
- Soli of The Meek has this. She used to have long hair all around, but at some point she cut it.
- The Handmaid: Neck-length hair, except for two bangs framing her face which reach almost to her feet.
- Later, Meenah is seen with two braid-thin tails that touch the floor behind her.
- In Drowtales, Agneya'mukhi Balvhakara has the bangs and sides of a Hime Cut, but this trope in back. (Seen here in the last panel on the right)
- As seen on this page of El Goonish Shive, Noah actually has shoulder-length hair with two waist-length tendrils coming out of the back of his head protruding out from underneath it. He usually ties his hair up to make it look like he just wears a long ponytail, though...
- One episode of King of the Hill has Bobby idolizing a garage-band punk rocker with a buzz cut and a rat-tail. His attempts to do the same doesn't take off.
- If baldness can be taken for "short cut", then Prince Zuko had one in the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Crazy Stunts in Skysurfer Strike Force.
- Kimiko Tohomiko from Xiaolin Showdown sports this hairstyle in two episodes: "Journey of a Thousand Miles" and "Hannibal's Revenge", though for the latter, her hair is depicted black, her default hair colour than blonde from the former.
- Attempted with varying degrees of success and failure by mullets. Rarely do they reach Rapunzel Hair length with the long parts, rarely is the long hair badass, and rarely do mulleteers go for the all around short with a single long ponytail—but there are some occurrences.
- Rat Tail and Duck Tail are also Real Life examples of attempts at this style.
- The former was especially popular in the mid-80s, worn by pop singers like Aimee Mann and the men in Tears For Fears.
- A traditional Manchu hairstyle forced on the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty involves having the head mostly shaved bald except for an area in the back of the head which is grown long and braided into a tail. It's called a "queue" - not to be confused with the thing you stand in to wait for something. The Manchus executed any Chinese who cut their queues or grew out the rest of their hair.
- Ukrainian Cossack chupryna/khokhol is not too dissimiliar to the aforementioned queue, although the remaining hair is usually on the peak of the head & not braided.