In character design, there is the crucial question:
or Long Hair
? Short implies that the character is practical, independent, and strong. For women, long hair means that she's feminine, beautiful, even regal
, but it may also be regarded as decorative or impractical. So, with these two opposing hair philosophies, will the creator choose the practicality and ease of a short cut, or the awesomeness of hair that goes fwish
for dramatic effect?
You need never choose between the two again. A woman who has Short Hair with Tail has the spunk and practicality of a Short-haired Hottie with all the elegant drama of Rapunzel Hair
. A man who has Short Hair with Tail has the stereotypical, short male haircut at the front but
gets to be a long hair or Long-Haired Pretty Boy
at the same time.
Characters with this hairstyle simultaneously rock the short and the long styles—they're just that awesome
. Distinct from Hime Cut
in that hime cuts have mid-length side tresses to frame the face, and all long in back, while Short Hair with Tail
is quite obviously a short style all around with
a noticeable tail.
This is a character design trope, subtrope of Anime Hair
. Convenient for accommodating No Flow in CGI
— both the short hair and the long braid are easier to animate than long, flowing hair. See also Tomboyish Sidetails
and Rapunzel Hair
. Compare with Anime Hair
, for the general likelihood of actually seeing these styles walking around, and Hime Cut
, when the short hair is only in front to frame the face. Not to Be Confused with
a character with short hair
and a literal tail
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Anime & Manga
- 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.
- 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 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 Katekyo 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.
- The new Code Geass project, Boukoku No Akito (or Akito The Exiled) features its titular hero, Akito Hyuuga◊ (pictured at right), with this hairstyle (the tail in question being a braid).
- Komachi/Cure Mint from Yes! Pretty Cure 5, a Shrinking Violet and the Barrier Warrior of her team, subverts this most of the time.
- 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.
- Chifuyu Orimura from Infinite Stratos sports a variation in that she only ties her hair to resemble this hairstyle.
- 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."
- The Padawan cut from Star Wars is cropped all around, except for one very long, thin braid.
- Some artwork Mulan, which shows her in the outfit and hairstyle she fought Shan Yu in at the end of the film for some reason had her hairstyle drawn in a way so it now includes a ponytail.
Live Action TV
- In Babylon 5, the female cut for the Centauri could be considered this—shaved bald except for the long, long ponytail.
- 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)
- 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.
- A rare successful real-life example.
- 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.