Short Hair with Tail
Short Hair 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.
- 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 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.
- Code Geass: 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."
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 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.
- 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
- 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 Tomboyish 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 Tomboyish Sidetails and a thin tail in the back.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.