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Tomboyish Ponytail
Action Hair for an Action Girl.

Basically using a ponytail to set off girls who are Tomboys, Ladettes, or at least don't act in a "proper" girlish manner.

This is Truth in Television for many tomboys in Real Life, due to being an easy to do style that gets your hair out of the way. In fiction, odds are that if a girl is wearing a ponytail (save for one paired with an elegant hairstyle), she's not going to act demure or feminine, at least not all the time. Bonus points if she wears overalls or is a Rebellious Princess.

Back when girls just didn't have boy hair, no matter what, ponytails were a way for tomboys to rebel against the curls their mothers wished they'd worn. At least this was the case in 60s-80s girl empowerment fiction.

Keep in mind that since not all tomboys wear ponytails, and not all "feminine" girls avoid ponytails, there isn't much point in listing aversions to this.

Compare Slipknot Ponytail, Girlish Pigtails, Braids of Action, Boyish Short Hair, Tomboyish Sidetails, Sailor's Ponytail and Samurai Ponytail.

Contrast Regal Ringlets, Ojou Ringlets, Long Hair Is Feminine, Prim and Proper Bun and Motherly Side Plait.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Vietnam of Axis Powers Hetalia.
  • Bleach: Action Girl Yoruichi. She used to have short hair, but a hundred years spent mostly as a cat allowed her hair to grow out. Now she spends most of the time with it tied back in a ponytail while she kicks butt with the best of the men. Since her extremely high aristocratic rank wasn't quite high enough to be a Rebellious Princess, she also doubles as a Spirited Young Lady, too.
  • Yihwa Yeon from Tower of God, interestingly enough after her run-in with Viole, who had the same hair-do.
  • Asaka (AKA Neuroloid Girl) in Dokkoida?!
  • Misaki of Excel Saga.
  • Sango in InuYasha has her long hair bound in a ponytail when she's in her battle-garb. Otherwise she has it tied at the end with a ribbon.
  • Signum of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, a stoic Magic Knight and generally one of the least feminine women on the show.
  • Presea from Magic Knight Rayearth. Also, tomboys Tarta and Hikaru have their hair in a braid. Contrast to the girlier girls Emeraude, Alcyone, Tatra, and Umi, who wear their hair down. Caldina, Fuu, and Aska are harder to classify, since they have both tomboy and girly girl traits, but all wear different hairstyles.
  • Kyoko Sakura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. While her magical girl outfit isn't really tomboyish, she's the only character seen in causal clothes other than a school uniform (she wears a green hoodie and shorts in most scenes).
  • Ukyou from Ranma ˝ wears her waist length hair in a ponytail and still comes off as Bifauxnen.
    • Ranma wore "her" long hair this way while training in China.
  • Makoto, aka Sailor Jupiter, of Sailor Moon has a long ponytail, and she's the brawler in the group.
  • Yui Goidou of The World God Only Knows after she goes Bifauxnen.
  • Subverted in the Pretty Cure franchise. Every team has atleast one character with a ponytail who is mostly a white or blue Cures. And those said Cures are actually the most feminine members, though that doesn't stop being an (competent) Action Girl. The only blue Cures who don't have a ponytail in their Cure forms are Cure Marine (Erika) and Cure Beauty (Reika), but they wear sometimes ponytails in their civilian identities. Notably, Reika wears a ponytail whenever she practices kyudo. The pink Cure Blossom and the yellow Cure Peace have also a ponytail, but both are Shrinking Violets, while the pink Cure Heart is atleast described as prince in her civilian identity, twice, both by a female and a male. The only ones who play this tropes straight are Cure Sword and especially Cure March who has also one in her civilian identity.
    • In The Movie, Reika cosplays Momotaro and wears a ponytail.

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    Fan Works 
  • Rise of the Galeforces: Sarah Squall, aka Stratogale, has one.
  • Bait and Switch (STO): Captain Kanril Eleya wears her hair in a slightly messy ponytail, and notes in her narration that she could have never gotten away with wearing her hair that long when she was an enlisted woman. The ponytail keeps the hair out of her face, but it's not like there's much she can get it caught in on a starship's bridge.

    Films 
  • Cady in Mean Girls before she joined the Plastics. The Plastics actually tell her that they have a rule about only wearing hair in a ponytail once a week.
  • Laney of She's All That, to show how she's too weird to be pretty.
  • Thor: Sif, a talented woman warrior, wears one whenever she's seen going into battle.
  • The titular character of Calamity Jane sports a Tomboyish Ponytail throughout the entire movie.
  • Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph has one, tied up with a piece of licorice.
  • Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie has a small one on the top of her head.
  • In The Book Of Life, Maria is the only female character to wear her hair this way, and she doesn't seem to be as ladylike as the other girls in town.

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    Multiple Media 
  • Gologotha's early appearance in Noob.

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    Web Original 
  • Widget of the Whateley Universe, who is a tomboy and inventor who usually wears a ponytail pulled through a bicycle cap. And a Whateley labcoat. Despite that, she has a bad crush on Thunderbird and wishes Chaka hadn't snatched up Thunderbird when he was (apparently) available.

    Western Animation 


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alternative title(s): Tomboy Ponytail
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