Tomboys, Ladettes, Bifauxnen, or at least don't act in a "proper" girlish manner. Has similar effect as Short Hair with Tail, because short hair is boyish but the tails makes the hair just girly enough. Sometimes the sidetails are the only visual clue that the character is in fact a girl. Also known as "forelocks" or "payot." Compare Tomboyish Ponytail, Boyish Short Hair, Braids of Action. Contrast Regal Ringlets, Ojou Ringlets, Girlish Pigtails, Prim and Proper Bun, and Motherly Side Plait.
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh: Both Kagura and her PE teacher, Minamo Kurosawa, have them. Though Minamo keeps hers neater, while Kagura's edge closer to being Hot-Blooded Sideburns.
- Misaki Suzuhara from Angelic Layer, at least in the manga where she is more overreactive and easily excited.
- Tamaki Kawazoe from Bamboo Blade who is a kendo prodigy.
- Souseiseki from Rozen Maiden is sometimes drawn with these.
- Lind from Ah! My Goddess has one of these and is a Valkyrie, a member of the battle division of Heaven.
- Agnes from The Familiar of Zero, who is captain of Tristain's Royal Musketeers.
- Forte Stollen from Galaxy Angel has one of these and has a very masculine personality.
- Rico from Gunslinger Girl though her sidetails are on the short side.
- Kung-Fu Kid Rio Wesley from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, though only in her normal form as her Older Alter Ego invokes Power Makes Your Hair Grow.
- Hana, the Badass Adorable fighter of the Urashichiken in Gate 7. However, this trope is used to give hir an androgynous look to emphasize hir No Biological Sex instead of emphasize a tomboyish attitude.
- An interesting variation occurs in Spider Riders. Akune wears earrings with long purple ribbons that are the exact same shade as her tomboyishly short hair. Although not hair, they have visually the same effect, and her status as a Brainwashed and Crazy Dark Action Girl definitely qualifies her as a tomboy.
- Deignated tomboy in K-On!, Ritsu, specifically engineered by her hairband to show off her Forehead of Doom and avoid the sort of Blinding Bangs her hair might normally look like. At one point when she considers letting her hair grow long, Yui thinks she'd be enveloped by two super-sized sidetails.
- Slightly Tomboy Princess Elnavista Leopold in Kyoumen No Silhouette. Also her Identical Stranger Teshio, but in a subversion, he's a guy..
- Lain Iwakura from Serial Experiments Lain has a single sidetail.
- Crona from Soul Eater has a hairstyle sort of like this, although it's not clear whether Crona is a girl.
- Ryuko Matoi of Kill la Kill grows a pair of these when she activates Senketsu.
- The eponymous heroine of Birdy the Mighty sports a pair and, like the rest of her hair, one lock is white, while the other is hot pink.
- Girls Bravo: Kosame frames her hair with a set to accentuate her professional appearance as a covert operative.
- Mekakucity Actors: Kido had this style as a young girl, but as she got older grew it out into a Tomboyish Ponytail. She still keeps the side-tails (which are the only parts of her hair visible while she's got her hood up).
- Tionne "T-Boz" Watikins, of the girl group TLC, wears her hair like this, even to this day.
- Juno from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, the commander of all the Nereid land forces.
- May from Pokémon. A variant, as the rest of her hair appears to be tied up under her bandanna.
- Kasuga from Sengoku Basara goes to the logical extreme, with cropped hair at the back and waist-length tails. While still pretty feminine in personality, she is a ninja, so her job requires short hair (not that the tails are at all practical).
- Lakche from Fire Emblem Jugdral, also very hotblooded.
- Savyna from Baten Kaitos has this along with a ponytail, similar to Korra's example below. She's a bit more stoic than usual for this trope, but she still fits.
- Gena from Generation Of Chaos, the Leader of the 8th Dravanian Knight Unit. is belligerent and headstrong.
- Samus Aran sports these along with a ponytail for her Zero Suit appearances throughout the Prime trilogy and Super Smash Bros., though you don't see it often due to her staying in her armour most of the time.
- Karst from Golden Sun: The Lost Age wears her hair short, with sidetails around her ears and a tail in the back.
- Sheba also has sidetails to go with her infamous bowl cut.
- Splatoon: Female Inklings have this style of... well it isn't exactly hair, but their tentacles are definitely intended to mimic the look.
- Nimona in Nimona has sidetails and bangs, while the rest of her head is shaved.
- Critical Miss's Tall, Dark and Snarky Ladette Gamer Girl has sidetails so thick a few people on Something Awful thought she was a guy with sideburns or muttonchops (then again the whole point of her design is be awkward and un-girly so good job, I guess).
- Korra from The Legend of Korra has a variation. Although her hair is not short, she wears it pulled back in a Tomboyish Ponytail, leaving only her shorter bangs and two long sidetails to evoke this trope. This double whammy of tomboyish Expository Hairstyles is extremely appropriate given her personality. She ends up cutting all of it off for Boyish Short Hair while in the middle of her Heroic BSOD.
- Korra's not-particularly-ladylike cousin Eska has a slightly similar thing going on with her hair minus the ponytail; her twin brother's the same, minus the hair ornaments.
- Hyena from Gargoyles is...less than ladylike. Notably, her twin brother wears a similar style.
- Pumyra from both the original Thunder Cats and ThunderCats (2011) has this, though the original Pumyra is not a tomboy. The 2011 version however, is very much a tomboy, with hair very similar to Hyena's mentioned above as well as a Tomboyish Ponytail to go with it like Korra.
- Charmcaster from the original Ben 10 series. She gets them back in Omniverse.
- Karai from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).
- Draco in Leather Pants Dark Heart. A male example.