Tomboyish Sidetails

Short hair and two tails on either side of the head that are at least shoulder-length, used to characterize girls who are 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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  • Tionne "T-Boz" Watikins, of the girl group TLC, wears her hair like this, even to this day.

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  • 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.

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