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* Gender Inverted with ''Literature/PrinceRoger''. She has gorgeous blond, hip length hair and has to ask a female marine to teach him how to braid it.

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* Gender Inverted with ''Literature/PrinceRoger''. She He has gorgeous blond, hip length hair and has to ask a female marine to teach him how to braid it.


* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one long braid in the back [[HairstyleInertia since youth]]. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.

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* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one has worn a long braid in the back [[HairstyleInertia since her youth]]. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using she's more than capable of taking care of herself in a rifle.fight.


* The "braids at the temples"-style was commonly worn by French Hussars during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. Nearly all European sword styles of the time taught some form of a horizontal cut to the temple, so the braids were a way to get some protection from that style of cut.

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* The "braids at the temples"-style (also known as "cadenettes") was commonly worn by French Hussars during UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. Nearly all European sword styles of the time taught some form of a horizontal cut to the temple, so the braids were a way to get some protection from that style of cut.


* Petula from ''VideoGame/YouAreNotTheHero'' has her hair braided on both sides of her hear.

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* Petula from ''VideoGame/YouAreNotTheHero'' has her hair braided on both sides of her hear.head.


%%* Julia Chang from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', specifically from the fourth game onwards. Before Julia, it was her adoptive mother, Michelle, who sported braids.

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%%* * Julia Chang from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', specifically from the fourth game onwards. Before Julia, it was her adoptive mother, Michelle, who sported braids.



%%* Lenneth from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' has a long silver braid that reaches past her back.
%%* Both Virginia Maxwell and Rebecca Streisand of ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' and ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' respectively, sport these.

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%%* * Lenneth from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' has a long silver braid that reaches past her back.
%%* * Both Virginia Maxwell and Rebecca Streisand of ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' and ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' respectively, sport these.these.
* Petula from ''VideoGame/YouAreNotTheHero'' has her hair braided on both sides of her hear.


* Inverted in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:Homura let her GirlishPigtails down when she TookALevelInBadass.]]

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* Inverted in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:Homura let her braided GirlishPigtails down when she TookALevelInBadass.]]



* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', after Usagi transforms into Warrior Moon, her GirlishPigtails are braided into a single bun.

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* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', after Usagi transforms into Warrior Moon, her loose high GirlishPigtails are braided into a single bun.



*** Anna wears her hair in GirlishPigtails for the majority of her screentime, including informal occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.

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*** Anna wears her hair in braided GirlishPigtails for the majority of her screentime, including informal occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.



* ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'': ''Dies the Fire'' by Creator/SMStirling. An ActionGirl keeps her GirlishPigtails as they help to lower the tension a notch when meeting new clans and negotiating safe passage through their territory.

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* ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'': ''Dies the Fire'' by Creator/SMStirling. An ActionGirl keeps her braided GirlishPigtails as they help to lower the tension a notch when meeting new clans and negotiating safe passage through their territory.


* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one long braid in the back [[HairstyleInertia since her youth]]. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.

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* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one long braid in the back [[HairstyleInertia since her youth]]. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.



* Jolyne Cujoh in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' has braids around her OdangoHair and a long braid in the back. Fittingly, she's an ActionGirl and the main [=JoJo=] of the part.

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* Jolyne Cujoh in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' has braids around her OdangoHair and a long braid in the back. Fittingly, she's back, befitting for an ActionGirl and the main [=JoJo=] of the part.


* One long braid in the back. Thhis version tends to be much longer, sometimes even [[RapunzelHair touching the ground]].

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* One long braid in the back. Thhis This version tends to be much longer, sometimes even [[RapunzelHair touching the ground]].



* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', after Usagi transforms into Warrior Moon, her twin pigtails are braided into a single bun.

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* In ''Fanfic/CosmicWarriors'', after Usagi transforms into Warrior Moon, her twin pigtails GirlishPigtails are braided into a single bun.



*** Anna wears her hair in twin pigtails for the majority of her screentime, including informal occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.

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*** Anna wears her hair in twin pigtails GirlishPigtails for the majority of her screentime, including informal occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.


*** Anna wears her hair in twin braids over her shoulders while hiking through a magic winter and a mountain and other informal occasions.
*** Elsa wears a French braid over her left shoulder while out of the castle.

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*** Anna wears her hair in twin braids over pigtails for the majority of her shoulders while hiking through a magic winter and a mountain and other screentime, including informal occasions.
occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.
*** Elsa wears a French braid over her left shoulder while out for the majority of her screentime after "Let It Go," including challenging two of the castle.Duke of Weselton's guys.



* PlayedForLaughs in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, where Fiona takes on a band of ruffians in the forest all on her own, martial-arts style, and actually knocks one of them out with her braid.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, where Fiona takes on a band of ruffians in the forest all on her own, martial-arts style, ''Matrix''-style, and actually knocks one of them out with her braid.


* ''Film/{{Downfall}}''. The female ChildSoldier manning the 88mm gun has twin braids hanging down from under her steel helmet. In this case, the braids work more to emphasize her youth.

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* ''Film/{{Downfall}}''. The female ChildSoldier {{Child Soldier|s}} manning the 88mm gun has twin braids hanging down from under her steel helmet. In this case, the braids work more to emphasize her youth.


This trope is used in fiction for two reasons. First, because it's TruthInTelevision. Tying your hair in a braid is one of the best ways to keep long hair out of your face, as ponytails tend to slide down or get snagged in really physical sports. Second, because it is visually [[RuleOfCool cool]]. What better way to indicate movement than a long flowing strand of hair flailing around like a whip. Due to this visual aspect, BraidsOfAction will more often than not be given to girls that have an [[SheFu acrobatic fight style]].

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This trope is used in fiction for two reasons. First, because it's TruthInTelevision. Tying your hair in a braid is one of the best ways to keep long hair out of your face, as ponytails tend to slide down or get snagged in really physical sports. Second, because it is visually [[RuleOfCool cool]]. What better way to indicate movement than a long flowing strand of hair flailing around like a whip. Due to this visual aspect, BraidsOfAction Braids of Action will more often than not be given to girls that have an [[SheFu acrobatic fight style]].



%%** May Chang wears six [[RapunzelHair knee-length]] braids hanging from her OdangoHair.

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%%** May Chang wears six [[RapunzelHair knee-length]] braids hanging down from her OdangoHair.



* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one long braid in the back since she was a young woman. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.

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* Sofia from ''Manga/GoldenKamuy'' always wears one long braid in the back [[HairstyleInertia since she was a young woman.her youth]]. As the leader of a Russian revolutionary group, she knows how to fight using a rifle.



** Princess Leia, as one of the earlier examples of the modern ActionGirl, did her most impressive action feat while sporting a very long braid.

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** Princess Leia, as As one of the earlier examples of the modern ActionGirl, Princess Leia did her most impressive action feat while sporting a very long braid.



* Gunnora of ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'' is a soldier who wears her hair in two braids. This is a contrast to Alfdis, who wears a ponytail.
* SKO from ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'' wears her (otherwise particularly long) hair like this when on-duty.
* Xane "The Maniac" from ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfMaxx'' has a single super-long braid that he wears around his neck like a ScarfOfAsskicking.

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* Gunnora of ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'' is a soldier who and wears her hair in two braids. This is a contrast to Alfdis, who wears a ponytail.
* %%* SKO from ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'' wears her (otherwise particularly long) hair like this when on-duty.
* %%* Xane "The Maniac" from ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfMaxx'' has wears a single super-long braid that he wears around his neck like a ScarfOfAsskicking.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Ty Lee wears her hair in a high ponytail braid when traveling and fighting in a war.
%%** Katara counts too.
%%* P'Li in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
%%* Gender Inverted with Bracket, Tennie's father from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. He has his ''beard'' tied into this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Ty Lee wears her hair in a high braided ponytail braid when traveling and fighting in a war.
%%** Katara counts too.
%%* P'Li in from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
%%* Gender Inverted with Bracket, Tennie's father father, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. He has his ''beard'' tied into this.



* Female kendo practitioners do this in their helmets.

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* Female kendo practitioners do this braid their hair in their helmets.



* Hair regulations for many women in the military (when the hair doesn't have to be cut) say that it must be worn off the shoulders and out of the eyes. Although it's usually worn in a bun, some women are allowed to have their hair in French braids.
* The "braids at the temples"-style was commonly worn by French Hussars during TheNapoleonicWars. Nearly all European sword styles of the time taught some form of a horizontal cut to the temple, so the braids were a way to get some protection from that style of cut.

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* Hair regulations for many women in the military (when the hair doesn't have to be cut) say that it must be worn off the shoulders and out of the eyes. Although it's usually worn in a bun, PrimAndProperBun, some women are allowed to have their hair in French braids.
* The "braids at the temples"-style was commonly worn by French Hussars during TheNapoleonicWars.UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. Nearly all European sword styles of the time taught some form of a horizontal cut to the temple, so the braids were a way to get some protection from that style of cut.


One of the common ways to visually indicate that a female character is an ActionGirl or otherwise ready to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] is to have her hair braided. This can take one of the following forms:
* Two braids on the sides of the head, reminiscent of the classic {{Tomboy}} hairdo. This version overlaps with GirlishPigtails.
* One long braid in the back. The braid in this version tends to be much longer, [[RapunzelHair sometimes even touching the ground]].

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One of the common ways to visually indicate that a female character is an ActionGirl or otherwise ready to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] is to have braid her hair braided. hair. This can take one of the following forms:
forms, but not limited to:
* Two braids on the sides of the head, reminiscent of the classic {{Tomboy}} hairdo. hairstyle. This version overlaps can overlap with GirlishPigtails.
* One long braid in the back. The braid in this Thhis version tends to be much longer, sometimes even [[RapunzelHair sometimes even touching the ground]].



This trope can sometimes, but not always, act as a DistaffCounterpart to BraidsOfBarbarism.



Compare TomboyishPonytail, GirlishPigtails (which can sometimes be combined with this trope in the case of a LittleMissBadass), ShortHairWithTail (which presents a similar profile).

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Compare BraidsOfBarbarism, TomboyishPonytail, GirlishPigtails (which can sometimes be combined with this trope in the case of a LittleMissBadass), ShortHairWithTail (which presents a similar profile).


** May Chang wears six [[RapunzelHair knee-length]] braids hanging from her OdangoHair.


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%%** May Chang wears six [[RapunzelHair knee-length]] braids hanging from her OdangoHair.


** May Chang wears her hair in six long braids.

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** May Chang wears six [[RapunzelHair knee-length]] braids hanging from her hair in six long braids.OdangoHair.

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