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Also known as twin tails, handlebars, or bunches. A type of hairstyle where the hair is gathered into two "tails" on either side of the head. Usually, but not always, left loose; braided tails have a more Granola Girl or Tomboy connotation. The hair must be gathered above the top of the neck; hair gathered below the jawline generally says something entirely different about the character.

Used as a visual clue that the character is young or immature. This view may have come from the Chinese custom of unmarried women wearing their hair in two buns on either side of the head (which if combined with the twin tails yields a well-known icon). Or from the modern European custom that a grown woman wore her hair up. This can also be associated with Nerd girls.

If an older woman is trying to disguise herself as a child, expect her to sport pigtails. Also can be found on an older woman if the writers want the audience to grasp that she's child-like in temperament: playful, fun, and possibly innocent. (If the character is evil, this may indicate that she is a Psychopathic Womanchild to some degree.)


Could also show up on a Little Miss Badass.

Pigtails are commonly found on Tsunderes, either full pigtails or a variation ("Tsundere Tails"), which leaves the majority of the hair down with tails on each side of the head. This may be to indicate her childish temperament: prone to physically expressing displeasure and temper tantrums; or to symbolize her dual nature (tsun-tsun/dere-dere). Twintails are one of the three parts of the ultimate Grade S Zettai Ryouiki (the other two being Grade A Zettai Ryouiki attire and Tsundere attitude).

Can be combined with Regal Ringlets, in which case they're indicative of both high social status and youth, perhaps suggesting the wearer is a spoiled child. When the tails are impossibly huge and curled, then it's Mega Twintails, which indicates a compromise between femininity and tomboyishness. Another popular variation is replacement or pairing with loads and loads of hair decs.


This is a very common trope in porn to make older actresses appear younger, especially when paired with a Sexy Schoolwoman outfit.

Note that this trope is not absolute; many girly girls wear completely different hairstyles and this is also commonly found among many tomboyish girls (often combined with Braids of Action, as the image for the Tomboy page shows), probably to show that, despite their masculine hobbies, they may have some girly streak.

A Super-Trope to Mega Twintails. Compare Tomboyish Ponytail. Not to be confused with a literal meaning of "twin tails" where a creature or character has two or more tails.


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  • The iconic symbol of Wendy's hamburger chain is a drawing of a young redheaded girl with such pigtails (ostensibly a depiction of Dave Thomas' daughter, whom the chain is named after).

    Anime & Manga 
  • Hinata Kawamoto from 3-gatsu no Lion, who's a middle-schooler going through the many follies of her youth, such as teenagers' generalized lack of punctuality and the fumbles experienced during her first crush, sports these most of the time.
  • The Tsundere Friendly Sniper of Night Raid, Mine, from Akame ga Kill!.
  • The title character of the '60s manga and anime Akane-chan by Tetsuya Chiba (creator of Ashita no Joe). It signifies that she's young, sweet and somewhat naive.
  • Akazukin Chacha is a pigtailed Cute Witch and an Inept Mage to boot.
  • Mikan from Alice Academy. Then again, she is still a very young girl.
  • Not only Anne but her best friend Diana has them in the 1979 Isao Takahata World Masterpiece Theater TV series of Anne of Green Gables. In Diana's case the tails are braided and worn in rings on each side of her head.
  • ARIA:
    • Akari, being a classically childish character.
    • Aika has them too until she burns her hair. She is definitely more of a tsundere, though.
  • Aria Kanzaki and Riko Mine from Aria the Scarlet Ammo both sport twin tails, Aria being a tsundere and Riko being straight-out immature and bratty.
    • Being a partial expy of Usagi from Sailor Moon, Meirin from Ask Dr. Rin! has Odango and twin braids.
  • Asteroid in Love:
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Seychelles sports low twintails with big ribbons.
    • The strip that introduces Liechtenstein shows that she used to have long twin braids before cutting her hair to resemble her brother Switzerland more.
    • Also, the author's own Gender Bender version of the characters shows England as a meganekko with twin tails, and given that male England is normally quite tsundere by himself...
    • The female Canada has these as well and is described as quite mild-mannered by the author.
    • Taiwan temporarily got this hairstyle during Hetaween 2011 to go along with her Idol Singer costume (complete with Zettai Ryouiki).
  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Chiyo wears her hair this way, signifying how she's the youngest and most innocent of the cast despite her high intelligence. However, they look more like two footballs attached to her head than anything else (in the manga, her pigtails started out looking like actual hair before they gradually became more like solid shapes). Osaka sometimes wonders if they're detachable, or even alive...
    • Yomi has them in the supplementary lessons.
  • Runo from Bakugan. Yep, yet another Tsundere.
  • Beelzebub:
    • Shiroyama has a cute pair of pigtails, complete with bows in them. Oh, by the way, this is Shiroyama.
    • Futaba and Chiyo, both of whom are four year old girls.
    • Azusa from St. Ishiyama, who's a cheerful ditz.
  • Noelle from Black Clover is a haughty tsundere who wears her long silver hair in two tight twin tails, even when playing at the beach.
  • In Black Lagoon, Balalaika's Start of Darkness episode "Little Soldier Girls" reveals that she wore her hair like this prior to enlisting in the Soviet Special Forces. This serves to highlight the contrast between the innocent girl that she was, and the nihilistic Blood Knight that she becomes.
  • Bleach: Hiyori, Riruka, Loly, Ururu and Yuzu; the former two are Tsundere, the middle Yandere, and the latter two Kawaiiko. Ururu drops these after the first time skip and wears her hair down, while Yuzu often wears these around the same time.
  • Kaho in Blend-S invokes this trope. She took up this hairstyle under the recommendation of her employer, since her position involves playing a Tsundere role in a Cosplay Café.
  • The homonymous protagonist from Candy Candy, emphasizing her optimism and youthfulness.
  • Bratty Half-Pint Meilin from Cardcaptor Sakura has Odango Hair.
  • In Castle Town Dandelion, Hikari and Hana are straight examples of these, as they are a fifth-grade girl and a smitten teenager respectively. Akane is a downplayed case, as she tied her pigtails from the bottom to avoid this trope's association with girlishness.
  • In Code Geass, several characters use this look at different times:
    • Most obvious is Nina Einstein, a shy wallflower whose look emphasizes her relative Generic Cuteness vs. her more buxom friends. She goes for a more mature look after things go horribly wrong, and she continues to lose her innocence.
    • Shirley also has the look occasionally, emphasizing her moe appeal, as well as wearing twin Celtic braids on occasion.
    • Nunnally also sports the same type of hairstyles as Shirley (twin pigtails in some audio dramas, and the braids near the R2 finale).
    • Although it may be overlooked, both Marianne vi Britannia and her Soul Jar, Anya Alstreim, have the version that emphasizes their girlishness. In Anya's case, the look may have been influenced by the one Marianne wore in her youth as a Knight of Rounds.
    • Alice, from Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, also wears Girlish Pigtails. In her case, it emphasizes her tomboyish and slightly Tsundere nature as opposed to Nunnally's epic Moe. In the end, both characters cut their hair. Ironically, it makes Alice resemble her dead sister and Nunnally resemble her 7-year-old self (pre-blindness)... who wore Girlish Pigtails...
  • As a little girl, Rosette from Chrono Crusade had twin braids. As she got older, she wore two pigtails at the top, but keeping the rest of her hair out and flowing, probably signifying that she's still somewhat innocent (being a nun and an idealist), but maturing into adulthood, as well. (Not to mention she's more than a little Tsundere.) In the manga's epilogue, she's shown in her twenties with the pigtails missing completely.
  • Cyber Team in Akihabara:
  • Sakura Yoshino in Da Capo. Subverted in that she never ages, and that she permanently looks young. By Da Capo II, she is in her sixties yet she looks shorter and younger than Yume.
  • Judy Abbott from the 1990 World Masterpiece Theater adaptation of Daddy-Long-Legs, which are drawn in a very Pippi Longstocking style, with both braids sticking out from her head horizontally. This is in keeping with the series' aging-down of Judy from the original novel, as the anime series has Judy entering high school whereas the novel has her entering college.
  • Death Note's Misa has a pigtail-variation hairstyle. It's interesting to note that she eventually grows out of the Baby Spice look and starts wearing her hair loose and dressing in clothes that are more preppy-cute and less GothLoli, possibly in order to be taken seriously as an actress. Once she gives up her Death Note and its associated memories, she goes back to the pigtails and it seems like any maturity she might have had vanishes into thin air.
  • Devil Hunter Yohko is an odd example because while her show is much Darker and Edgier (and Hotter and Sexier), Yohko herself is still a boy-crazy teenager who somewhat fits the trope.
  • Somewhat subverted with Lenalee from D.Gray-Man; while she exhibits a sweet personality, she can and will mess you up if you threaten her or her friends. The twintails were later sheared off after a battle, resulting in her having Boyish Short Hair from episodes 63-103, and eventually growing that into a bob hairstyle at the end of the 2006 series and carrying it over into the 2016 seriers, Hallow.
  • Videl has pigtails in her first few episodes of Dragon Ball Z. She has them cut mostly because she blackmails Gohan into training her in using his abilities and he points out that long hair is distracting for flying, much to her annoyance. (She thought he liked girls with short hair.)
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Lucy's signature hairstyle used to be one pigtail at her right temple and the rest of her hair loose, but post-Time Skip, she has taken a liking to this trope and almost always has her hair in two pigtails at her backhead.
    • Wendy, who is the Token Mini-Moe of the series, regularly wears her long hair in pigtails.
  • Robot Girl Drossel from Fireball has two long metal flaps attached to her head, which look suspiciously like pigtails. She is arguably the tsundere-type.
  • Tazusa from Ginban Kaleidoscope has these. Shockingly, her personality is disturbingly similar to that of a Tsundere.
  • Kirin of Gourmet Girl Graffiti wears short pigtails and is the least mature of the cast.
  • Wendy Garret of GUN×SWORD sports twin braids which suspiciously resemble the mascot of a certain hamburger chain. They tend to make her look even younger than her implied age (probably early teens), and on the rare occasions when she wears her hair down, she looks older — so much so that in one scene, her traveling companion fails to recognize her without the pigtails.
  • Haou Airen: Kurumi, though technically speaking she's 17 and thus a little old for the style. She wears them to emphasize her youth and innocence in contrast to the Crapsaccharine World she winds up in, and keeps them even as she loses said innocence through all the Break the Cutie.
  • Amano from Happy Seven is a Sailor Moon expy, complete with blonde pigtails and a ditzy personality.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Haruhi invokes this with Mikuru's waitress Cosplay outfit, in order to enhance the Moe in Mikuru's look.
    • Haruhi herself, before cutting her hair, also used to wear pigtails on occasion when she entered North High, as part of her routine of changing hairstyles according to the day of the week.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Nagi is both a Tsundere and a somewhat innocent little girl.
    • Izumi and Ayumu both share the "innocent young girl" and hair decorations look without the tsundere or length to take away from it.
  • One of the most iconic characters from anime and manga to feature Girlish Pigtails is the title character of the pioneering 1960s magical-girl series Himitsu no Akko-chan, communicating the character's sweet and plucky, if somewhat naive, nature. She retains her trademark hairstyle in the '80s and '90s anime remakes as well.
  • Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Izumi Hashima from How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend sport this hairstyle. Eriri is the tsundere, and Izumi is the youngest member of the cast.
  • If Her Flag Breaks:
    • Kurumiko has this hair style, which fits her cheerful personality.
    • Hakua has pigtails as well, fitting her child-like behavior.
  • Imouto ni Fianse wo Yuzure to Iwaremashita: Luna has her pink hair done in two pigtails. It's fitting considering how childish and irresponsible she is.
  • In Inuyasha, Rin, the youngest, most innocent girl in the main cast, wears half of her bangs up in a haphazard little clump of a pigtail near the front of her head. This could possibly be considered a Tomboyish Ponytail, but it is too small and though Rin isn't by any means a refined young lady, she's not exactly a tomboy.
  • Junsui Adolescence:
    • Nanao is a Tsundere with pigtails.
    • The other tsundere, Kiiko, is also briefly shown with these.
  • Miko, Moeha, and Maki from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War all wear pigtails of some variety, though each of them falls into a different character archetype (naive, Cute and Psycho, and Tsundere respectively).
  • Ritsuko from Kids on the Slope wears her hair in pigtails, which when combined with her Youthful Freckles gives her a Hollywood Homely look. She bemoans how she isn't as "pretty" as her urban-born friend. As an adult she wears her hair short, in a pixie cut.
  • Kiniro Mosaic:
  • Azusa in K-On! has these. Fittingly, she's the closest thing the group has to a Tsundere. Hilariously, the first time she's seen playing a guitar, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are shown as a background image, both with enormous pigtails.
  • Several characters from Lapis Re:LiGHTs sport these, oftentimes as a way to intentionally or not emphasize their childishness, immaturity, and youthfulness. To be specific, there is...
    • Lavie of LiGHTs, who is the most immature of her unit.
    • Champe of Sugar Pockets, who intentionally plays up her Little Sister Heroine qualities.
    • Ange of Ray, who banked on her appeal as a cute, innocent, and "pure" girl when she was still performing.
  • Amy March in the 1980 TV special and 1981 TV series adaptations of Little Women is drawn with Girlish Pigtails. This was likely meant to communicate her youth and immaturity.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Konata straight-up calls Kagami a Tsundere for being moody and having pigtails. The duality of the trope is lampshaded when the Hiiragi sisters exchange hairstyles and Konata thinks Tsukasa looks infantile in pigtails. In another episode, Kagami floats the idea of cutting her hair and Konata begs her not to because "pigtails are the classic Tsundere hairstyle!"
    • Yutaka's pigtails carry the "innocence" connotation.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Nanoha and Fate themselves had them as a children. They switched to a side-ponytail and straight hair, respectively, as teenagers and adults, although they do still have them in their battle outfits until post-StrikerS. Their daughter Vivio takes to wearing her hair the same way that Nanoha did (with longer hair).
    • Vita and Teana Lanster, resident tsunderes. Teana eventually drops hers as a sign of maturity after the events of StrikerS.
    • Quattro has pigtails as a part of her Kawaiiko persona. She gets rid of them along with her glasses at the end when she's the last villain remaining to show that she's serious.
  • Magical Angel Sweet Mint is a Cute Witch with sea-green pigtails.
  • Miho of Magical Stage Fancy Lala has pigtails in her ordinary 9-year-old form, but loses them when she transforms into her Older Alter Ego.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • Maka from Soul Eater, like Misa, has her hair in thin pigtails (however, they are her hair completely parted and tied, unlike a few streaks in Misa's case). She's generally nice, but... yeah, she also has her Tsundere streaks. Although, the pigtails may be more to signify her somewhat tomboyish personality (she never really shows interest in girlish things, and is more into defeating her enemies and becoming stronger and smarter).
  • Luluco of Space Patrol Luluco has a single pigtail on her left side that signifies her girlish immaturity. There's even a hole in her space helmet for it. It turns into an Idiot Hair when she becomes Trigger-chan.
  • The eponymous Nana Hiiragi of Talentless Nana is a Rose-Haired Sweetie who wears them like this, emphasizing her sweet, ditzy, and kind personality. This is exactly how she wants other people to think about her to disguise her cold, calculating, and sociopathic true self.
  • In Tamagotchi: The Movie, Tanpopo, the Token Human of Mametchi's gang, has pigtails. Oddly, nothing seems to be holding them in place.
  • Tamako Market has Tamako, a simply, happy-go-lucky girl with pigtails.
  • In the Tenchi Muyo! series, Word of God states that it's actually a custom for female Juraians, especially those in the Royal Family, to wear their hair in pigtails, thus explaining Sasami and Ayeka's hairstyle. However, it's more of "Let's not radically change them" when you get to Pretty Sammy or Sasami: Magical Girls Club.
  • This is used as a plot point in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Mari's four-year-old daughter wears pigtails. When Mari is told her daughter and mother were killed in an earthquake she's told to identify the bodies but can't bear to. The pigtails is enough evidence for her. Mirai later finds her daughter alive later and identifies her by her hair.
  • Flute from Violinist of Hameln sports these for a while, along with a pink hat, but later graduates to a different, more mature hat with her hair hanging loose.
  • Wandering Son:
    • Kanako traditionally wore pigtails ever since at least kindergarten, though she stopped putting her hair in pigtails once she became a high school freshman.
    • Chiba wore pigtails in middle school (though only while at school), but they comes off as Tsundere pigtails.
  • The title character of Witch Hunter Robin has a really weird variation. Probably supposed to remind us that she's fifteen.
  • The heroine of Yadamon has green pigtails that can turn into wings.
  • The title character from Yotsuba&! (written by the same author as Azumanga Daioh). She's five and very energetic and cheery.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has Ruka who wears her hair like this. She lets her hair down after becoming a teenager.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
    • Betty Cooper can be seen with this hairstyle sometimes, especially in the 1960s, though she usually prefers a Tomboyish Ponytail. She fits the "tomboy" stereotype to a T, though this is usually her girlish, younger side showing.
    • When Archie was genderswapped his female version, Archina, wore pigtails to exaggerate her youthfulness and because Archie is a de facto All-American Boy.
  • In Astro City story "Pastoral", Cammie's younger cousin, bubbly and enthusiastic, wears her hair in twin braids.
  • Jules from Bazooka Jules has two small pigtails that grow all the way down to the floor when her powers activate. She can be a little childish at times and despite being a teenager she's still into Hello Kitty.
  • The Beano:
    • Ivy the Terrible, a preschool-age tomboy who used to appear in the comic, had her hair in bunches, which generally followed her motion-lines to emphasise how active she was.
    • Minnie the Minx, another tomboy from the same comic (probably around ten) has more constrained pigtails (which may actually be plaits, Depending on the Artist) with bows at the end.
  • Harley Quinn usually has her hair done up like this, however it's usually covered by her hat. She is an immature woman (or at least she acts like one). This came in full effect after the New 52, where she's done away with the jester cap and uses her half-black-half-red hair to replace it. In contrast, when she's depicted as "sane" or as a civilian, she is usually depicted with a more mature-looking ponytail.
  • In Peanuts, Violet, who's sort of a combination of tsundere and Rich Bitch, often wore her hair in pigtails in the early years of the strip. This was eventually changed to a ponytail, which remained Violet's hairstyle through the remainder of her appearances, except for a brief appearance in one 1989 strip in which she was again drawn with pigtails.
  • Supergirl:
  • Wonder Girl Cassie Sandsmark started out with an Ivy League cut, but when she started growing it out she put it in twintails that made her look even younger than her age in order to have a more feminine hairstyle.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Hikari wears this hairstyle. They make her seem younger, even though Touji calls her the "pigtailed dictator".
  • The Child of Love: Asuka wears this hairstyle, even after becoming a mother, and she still wears them in her late twenties.
  • Minor character Mikoto from the Higurashi: When They Cry oneshot Cicada Psalms is described as a little girl with pigtails. Her girlish fondness of her teacher Keiichi is meant to emphasise how much Keiichi has changed since he moved to Hinamizawa.
  • Doing It Right This Time makes a minor plot-point out of both Hikari and Asuka doing away with this look in favour of a more "adult"-looking hairstyle. In Hikari's case it's only for a special occasion, but Asuka has made it permanent.
  • Evangelion 303 makes a plot point of Asuka ditching this look: After recovering from her break-down she stopped wearing her hair in pigtails because she wanted to seem more mature.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: After the War Asuka kept wearing her hair braided in pigtails for many years.
  • HERZ: Asuka is twenty-six years old, has got her hair cut... and she still wears pigtails right like when she was thirteen.
  • Deborah of Junior Officers, the team's biggest Girly Girl, wears her hair in fat pigtails.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Several characters wear this hairstyle: Asuka, Hikari, Sakura Suzuhara...
    She clapped with joy, pigtails bouncing, and he turned in horror and saw it.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Katie and Sadie arrive on the island wearing their canonical pigtails, befitting their canonically childlike personalities. When they get makeovers that include ditching their pigtails for big hair, they look "five years older than they had the day before", according to the Storyteller. Noah further lampshades this by saying, "The kiddies have grown up." Shortly thereafter, the "grown-up" Katie and Sadie get caught up in one of the story's most grimly dramatic adventures — just in time for Sadie's birthday.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, secondary character Hikari wears twin pig-tails, and she freely admits that hairstyle makes her seem more juvenile. This comes back around in the Epilogue, by which point she has long since stopped wearing it, but she decides to don it for a meeting with her old friends, whom she hasn't seen for years, to make herself more recognizable to them.
  • In The Second Try, Asuka wore this hairstyle when she was young. When she grew up, though, she had to get her hair cut because her daughter kept pulling on it. She saw it as another aspect of her childhood fading, and was briefly rather upset about it... until Shinji said it made her "look like a mother".
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka usually wears this hairstyle, using her neural hairclips to braid her pigtails. She only undoes them when she is acting as Supergirl and needs to hide her identity.
  • Male example with Kiriha Sadamune from Tales of the Undiscovered Swords, whose red hair is worn in twin pigtails. They are frequently compared to carrots by his Big Brother Bully Ishida.
  • In Thousand Shinji, innocent, naive Hikari's twin pigtails is the first thing Shinji notices about her when he meets her.

    Films — Animation 
  • Maria Posada as a child in The Book of Life. Averted, as even at that age Maria's personality was basically the same as when she grew up; she loved swordfights and Manolo's music, and was very outspoken on her views of marriage. Word of God says that hairstyle is meant to represent her love of pigs.
  • Sheeta in Castle in the Sky... at least until Colonel Muska shoots them off — which, not coincidentally, comes at the point where Sheeta stops running and confronts him for the last time.
  • Princess Anna in Frozen (2013) sports braided pigtails, even into adolescence, as a way of emphasizing her innocence and naivete. In Frozen II she briefly sports them again early on, but spends the rest of the film with her hair either down or in a bun, highlighting her new maturity.
  • In Inside Out, Riley has pigtails as a toddler.
  • In My Neighbor Totoro, the irrepressibly energetic four-year-old Mei has her hair tied in tails, contrasting with her older sister's tomboyishly short haircut.
  • Tiana as a child in The Princess and the Frog.
  • In The Swan Princess, Odette has braided pigtails during the tomboyish phase of her childhood.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed is a subversion, looking like an innocent child but being evil underneath.
  • Amy, the young Mafia Princess in Casino, perhaps showing she's one of the few truly innocent people in the movie.
  • Cthulhu: Worn by Tori Spelling's character when she tries to seduce the protagonist. When that doesn't work (as he's gay) she resorts to other methods.
  • Prim in The Hunger Games. Notably, she just has a ponytail in the sequel. Peeta also recalls a time from when Katniss was younger and had two braids instead of one.
  • Claudia from Interview with the Vampire starts as an innocent girl, but when turned to a vampire she gradually becomes more jaded and evil while retaining the appearance of a child.

  • In the A is for Amber books, a Prequel picture book series to the Amber Brown titles, Amber Brown sports these as a means of enhancing her Deliberately Cute Child appearance.
  • Anne of Green Gables has the long, braided pigtails hanging down variant.
  • The Babysitters Club: This is enforced with Mary Anne, whose strict father won't let her take down her pigtails even at age twelve. Her being allowed to wear her hair loose is a major point of character development, as is the short haircut she gets later in the series.
  • This is Genki Girl Mary-Lou Trelawney's signature hairdo in the Chalet School series, and she calls them "Kenwigses" as a Shout-Out to Nicholas Nickleby. When she becomes a senior, she ditches the Kenwigses and wears her hair in a single tail instead, as a sign that she's growing up. Then she gets it all chopped off after an accident and it grows back curly.
  • In Anne Rice's hardcore-bondage-porn novel The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, in one bizarre pony-play scenario the heroine — aged fifteen — is forced to wear her hair in braided pigtails that start near the top of her head, to make her look even younger than she is.
  • Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. An Action Girl keeps her girlish pigtails as they help lower the tension a notch when meeting new clans and negotiating safe passage through their territory.
  • An odd use: in Matilda by Roald Dahl, the evil schoolmistress Agatha Trunchbull hates pigtails and punishes all who wear them. A girl protests that her mother likes her pigtails. Trunchbull responds, "Yer mum's a twit!" Then she grabs the girl by the pigtails and throws her over a fence. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that a woman who hates everything about children — and girls in particular — would of course hate a girlish hairstyle like pigtails.
  • Pippi Longstocking, of course, usually wears her red hair in two horizontal braided pigtails sticking out either side of her head. This is entirely in keeping with her zany, childish glee.
  • In Wayside School, Leslie has pigtails which Paul is tempted to pull. A stage adaptation gives her pigtails speaking parts, and the animated adaptation makes her pigtails controllable, demonstrated when Leslie played bongos with them.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • One of the Wise Ones threatens to do this to Egwene if she doesn't stop acting so childishly. This threat is followed up on, with short skirt to match. It doesn't entirely work, thanks to cross-cultural differences: in Egwene's hometown, wearing a pair of braids is a sign of a woman reaching adulthood. However, she gets the gist of the intent enough to still be embarrassed.
    • Aiel Maidens, who take Honor Before Reason to extremes, do this with the addition of carrying dolls after a particular failing.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz doesn't specify Dorothy's hairstyle, but the original illustrator, W.W. Denslow, drew her with braided pigtails. This look became so iconic for her that some other illustrators outside the main series have followed suit, as did the movie. Other adaptations typically depict her with this hairstyle too.
  • The Worst Witch
    • Mildred Hubble; in the spin-off to the television series adaptation Weirdsister College she cuts them off, which is probably symbolic of her growing up.
    • Her best friend Maude sports the loose version of these for the first two books - but it has grown out by the third book and she braids them.
  • Jill Simon, a character in Patricia Reilly Giff's 1980s Polk Street School series, wears her hair in not one, but two pairs of Girlish Pigtails. This fits with her character, as Jill is something of an immature crybaby.
  • The Puppy's Wish: The pictures in the book portray Anja with them.
  • Cindy Wakowski a.k.a Red Riding Hood of The Supervillainy Saga sports a pair of these, which fits given she's a Harley Quinn Expy.
  • Evoked in Little Women, when Jo responds with disgust to Meg's suggestion that she behave in a more mature, feminine way now that she's old enough to wear her hair up:
    "I'm not [a young lady]! And if turning up my hair makes me one, I'll wear it in two tails till I'm twenty"
  • The title character of Franny K. Stein is a seven-year-old Mad Scientist with pigtails.
  • The title character of Holly Beth Walker's Meg Mysteries series, roughly 12-years-old Meg Duncan, has pigtails.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the 18th cycle of America's Next Top Model, this would be the enforced hairstyle for "30-Never" Eboni. Much to her irritation.
  • In Angel, Wesley ends up in a not-entirely-healthy relationship with Amoral Attorney Lilah, who is aware of Wesley's unrequited interest in geek girl Fred. So in "Apocalypse Nowish", just to get Wesley's gears spinning, she does a fetish impersonation of Fred, complete with pigtails to show how she sees Fred's relative immaturity.
  • Olive on A.N.T. Farm sports pigtails as a part of her little girl disguise on the episode FraudulANT.
  • In an episode of Arrested Development, Maeby tries to fool the security guard at her grandmother's apartment complex into giving her the mail by putting her hair in pigtails and riding up to the security booth on a razor scooter. Her response when he points out that she's a little old to be getting all that mail: "Babysit me!"
  • In The Big Comfy Couch, Loonette's signature hairstyle is pigtails sticking out from holes in her hat.
  • The Brady Bunch:
    • Cindy Brady wore these for three whole seasons to keep up the appearance of The Cutie, much to the chagrin of actress Susan Olsen. In season 4 they were changed to braided pigtails, and finally she got to start wearing her hair down in the last half of season 5.
    • Maureen McCormick also wore pigtails for virtually all of Season 1. She let her hair down for only a couple of scenes, including one where Marcia was going to the school dance, before wearing her hair down to start Season 2. Eve Plumb wore her hair in a clip for most Season 1 episodes, but wears pigtails during the Grand Canyon episodes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy sports pigtails during Giles' dream sequence in the episode "Restless". Buffy's attitude in the scene is that of a much younger child, and Giles is essentially her father.
    • Buffy sports pigtails while working incognito at a Greasy Spoon in "Anne".
  • Laura Quinones in Carrusel wears this hairstyle. She is one of the girlier girls in the class, as well as rather immature (except for being very precocious when it came to romance), and not a good student.
  • La Chilindrina from El Chavo del ocho has pigtails that are always uneven (in early episodes, they used to be long twintails until El Chavo cut them short in a barber episode). La Popis also shares this hairdo, but her hair is so short that her pigtails are only noticeable in the animated version of the show. Since the cast of the show was composed entirely by adults, this hairdo served as one of the visual clues to identify these characters as young and immature.
  • Sarah Walker from Chuck, when she's undercover as Weinerlicious girl and later, Orange Orange girl. Provides a great contrast to the sexy, sophisticated spy look she sports when it's time for missions.
  • Ivy from Dollhouse similarly has pigtails, which suits her personality as the second least mature member of the Dollhouse staff. (The first being Topher.) Echo dressed as Kiki in the episode "Belle Chose" also sports them, to show how ditsy her persona is meant to be.
  • On Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Dyna Girl has very long pigtails.
  • Buffy in Family Affair, even as the actress grew up.
  • Family Matters: Judy Winslow wore her hair in braided pigtails in seasons one through three. Every single season one episode she had her hair in several braided pigtails with various colored ribbons and accessories, and many season two episodes had her wearing this hairstyle. Seasons two and three she often wore the more traditional two (or three) braided pigtails. Her hair was only seen down twice in seasons one through three. Her final season before she disappeared she wore her hair down, including in her opening title credit.
  • In the TV film adaptation of Flowers in the Attic Cathy is shown wearing pigtails in the first part of the film - to make the 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka look a little bit youngernote 
  • Phoebe, the most free-spirited of the girls on Friends occasionally wears her hair in pigtails.
  • Winifred on General Hospital regularly sports braided pigtails, which make her look like she's in her teens, when her actress is in her 30's.
  • Mary Ann Summers from Gilligan's Island frequently sports these. She's implied to only be in her late teens/early twenties, making her one of the youngest (if not the youngest) of the castaways.
  • Rikki Chadwick from H₂O: Just Add Water frequently wears her hair in pigtails. Ironically she is the most tomboyish of the group but is the most free spirited as well.
  • On Heroes, during one flashback sequence, Claire's hair was put in pigtails to help make her appear about five years younger. Thick makeup was apparently used, too.
  • One time on Murphy Brown, Corky was staying over at Murphy's home and acted as if it were a slumber party. Corky said, "We could braid each others hair!" and braided Murphy's into pigtails; when Eldon came over and saw Murphy, he said she looked "like an old Heidi."
  • Mythbuster Kari Byron, practically Once per Episode. Sometimes it's for style, and sometimes just to keep her hair out of her face (or the machinery), but it always indicates that the build team is deliberately hamming things up or testing something particularly outlandish.
  • Abby from NCIS often sports pigtails as a visual clue of her youthful personality.
    • Actress Paulie Perette mentioned in a behind-the-scenes short that she began braiding her pigtails because her long hair got caught by the wheels of Abby's mechanic roller-board.
  • Mona Vanderwaal from Pretty Little Liars displayed two pigtails, as well as glasses, in flashbacks prior to Alison's disappearance, to emphasize her status as 'loser'.
  • Soleil Moon Frye's character in both live-action and animated version of Punky Brewster. See above photo.
  • When Jordan from Scrubs is posing as a younger woman to impress her new gynecologist, she sports pigtails.
  • Subverted by the rogue Vala in Stargate SG-1, who is anything but childlike or innocent. Given the character, though, it's possible she's doing it deliberately to mess with people.
  • Twin braids is the Telenovela shorthand to say that the heroine is truly, totally innocent. Except in Maria Jose, where in addition to the innocence connotation it showed the indigenous roots of the heroine.
  • In the first season premiere of Terra Nova, Maddie is shown with pigtails at first, in order to make her seem older after the 2 year Time Skip. Zoe also often sports them, but that's because she's 7.
  • Liz Skinner in 1970 Brit sci-fi Timeslip has girlish braids. Partly to identify her as a bit of a tomboy (though not as noticeably as some tomboys on television), but mostly to make her look younger. Her character was originally written to be just 12 years old, but later scripts revised her age up to 15; the reason for this being that the actress chosen was actually 18 at the time, and it was all they could do to convincingly make her look 15.
  • Even though she's clearly a grown woman, Chrissy Snow from Three's Company occasionally wears her hair in pigtails, fitting with her airheaded personality.


     Newspaper Comics 
  • Hilary Forth in Sally Forth (Howard) had her hair in pigtails when the strip started. When she was aged up to a teenager, she dropped them.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Much like the example above, females in wrestling, especially during various kinds of "costume" matches, will pull their hair into pigtails for the sake of the outfit.
  • Rare Male Example: "Exotic" Adrian Street wore these as part of his Gorgeous George persona. He was far from the last pro wrestler to do so. In 2009, pinup model Ladybeard made his pro wrestling debut.
    • Rip Rogers used to regularly wears his hair in pigtails with a top knot while working as a jobber in WWF and WCW.
  • During her first year in the WWF, Molly Holly regularly wore her blond hair in pigtails. She even wore them again when she reprised her original persona at WrestleMania 25. Her character was that of a sweet country bumpkin - who was the Token Wholesome in contrast to the rest of the vampy Divas.
  • Shark Boys are blue or silver. Shark Girls are pink. But if you're color blind, Shark Girls also have pig tails.
  • Loca, one half of Women Of Wrestling's first tag team champions, CagedHeat and alumna of WWA Mexico, had four pig tails.
  • At GCW Adults F-N Only #7, MsChif figured she left a bad first impression on new arrival New-Age Retro Hippie Daizee Haze and decided to "correct" it by skipping around while wearing a giant pair of pigtails. Haze was not amused.
  • Taken Up to Eleven, or ten, by Claudia Del Solis, who seems to have worn as many as ten braided pig tails. Presumably, they are extensions.
  • Lorelei Lee tied ribbons in her hair that had the same visual effect.
  • Gail Kim often wears her hair in pigtails when she wrestles and she makes them badass. She won the first TNA Knockouts title while her hair was in pigtails as a matter of fact.
  • Leva Bates has a set of ring gear prominently featuring pink skulls with pigtails, and is known for wearing her hair that way too.
  • AJ Lee tends to favour these. She's frequently mistaken for much younger than she actually is, so this is probably to emphasise that.
  • Tamina Snuka of all people sported these when she fell in love with Santino.
  • Mia Yim sometimes wrestled in pigtails, such as in 2014 when she won the SHINE Title belt in China.

     Puppet Shows 
  • The Puzzle Place: Kiki has pigtails, and compared to the soft-spoken Jody and sassy diva Julie, she's overall the most childlike and Genki Girlish of the show's three main girls.
  • Sesame Street: Betty Lou (never as prominent a character on the show as in the tie-in storybooks, but still present) is a little Anything Muppet girl with long braided pigtails.
  • Under the Umbrella Tree: Gloria has pigtails – a good reminder that she, Iggy and Jacob are supposed to be children, despite their Ping-Pong Naïveté.
  • Red Fraggle from Fraggle Rock has a set of pigtails that stick out and the tips look like pompoms. It gives more emphasis on her tomboyish personality.


    Video Games 
  • Britney Bloodrose from All Points Bulletin, ditzy rich teenager playing gangster for fun.
  • Ar tonelico's Misha bears the rare tomboyish braided pigtails.
  • The new character Beth in The Binding of Isaac Antibirth sports a pair.
  • In Before Crisis, one of the prequel games to Final Fantasy VII, Elena appears as a student, complete with pigtails and a schoolgirl uniform.
  • Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue has very long twintails and is predictably a Tsundere as well as a badass Elegant Gothic Lolita Vampire princess.
  • Ayumi Shinozaki from Corpse Party wears her hair in two blue pigtails, making her seem younger than she actually is.
  • Dark Souls: This is one of the female hairstyles players can choose. According to Miyazaki, a female graphic artist asked that this hairstyle be included when she had to leave development due to illness.
  • Etna of Disgaea. She's also a Tsundere.
  • Pandora of Death Jr., who is also a little bit of a Creepy Child.
  • Both Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong have these in the Donkey Kong series. They both can also spin their pigtails around for slower descents and limited flight, respectively.
  • Subverted by Paragon Branka of Dragon Age: Origins. Technically, she wears her hair in pigtails, but there's no sign of the usual girlish innocence associated with this style: she's an evil and somewhat Ax-Crazy Mad Scientist.
  • Jessica from Dragon Quest VIII, even though she's an adult and quite buxom as well. Bonus points for being a Tsunde-redhead.
  • Lilli from Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes.
  • Frederica 'Ricky' in Etrian Odyssey Untold may have slept in a stasis capsule for over a thousand years, but she still wears her hair in small twintails that emphasize her 'born-again youth', girlishness, and innocence from amnesia.
  • And, being Aika's Expy, Penelo of Final Fantasy XII sports them as well.
  • Vanille in Final Fantasy XIII. She's portrayed as both child-like and childish by the game.
  • Midori from the Guitar Hero series, emphasizing her Genki Girl nature.
  • Bastila Shan of Knights of the Old Republic has very short pigtails.
  • Jinx, the Loose Cannon from League of Legends, whose long, braided pigtails reach almost down to her feet. They look very similar to Cammy's from the Street Fighter series.
  • Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw sports these, along with the requisite child-like girlishness.
  • Liliane Vehlendorf of Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy is an Ojou (complete with a Meido Mana) as well as an extreme case of both the TsunTsun and DereDere sides of the spectrum, and she sports these pigtails.
  • Shuko of the Mega Man Battle Network games.
  • Noire from the Neptunia series wears her hair in this fashion, and is your typical Tsundere girl. Same with her sister Uni.
  • Big pink ones on Aoi Kanda of the Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan games.
  • Persona:
    • Yuka Ayase from the original Persona is a rather immature kogal who sports high pigtails.
    • Persona 3: As shown in "The Answer", Mitsuru Kirijo used to sport this style in her younger days, both as a kid (when she first awakened her Persona) and in her early teens (when she recruited Akihiko into S.E.E.S.).
    • In Persona 4, Rise Kujikawa wears her hair in high pigtails to emphasize her girly Idol Singer persona. There's also Nanako, but she has pigtails because she really is a little girl.
    • Persona 5: Teenager and part-time model Ann Takamaki wears her hair in two low pigtails.
  • The female protagonists of the Johto Pokémon games have pigtails. As does the female protagonist of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, somehow managing to keep them up without any visible bands.
  • Katherine Warren wears her hair in two pigtails in Resident Evil 2 (Remake) which doubles as a fairly practical hairstyle during the Ghost Survivors scenario.
  • Momo Karuizawa from Project Justice has these, which fit her very youthful appearance.
  • Uriel Chuluun in Rift, who's the rebellious daughter of a Defiant leader and (based on some of her dialogue) possibly a borderline Psychopathic Womanchild.
  • Rebecca Walsh from Rumble Roses displays pigtails in three different colors depending on how and where you pick her:red as Candy Cane (the tomboyish Tsundere Punk Rocker, which is her default), or blond/brunette as Becky (the girlish cheerleader). Specifically in Becky's case it is brunette in the PS 2 game and blond in the 360 game.
  • Aika from Skies of Arcadia, which suits her outgoing and slightly childish personality.
  • Squigly from Skullgirls sports these, at least until her parasite Leviathan pops one off so she too can see.
  • Marine the Raccoon from Sonic the Hedgehog is a very childish Genki Girl with pigtails to match.
  • Talim and Amy in almost all their appearances in the Soul Series (Amy takes this a step further), and Tira in Soulcalibur IV. All three characters are purportedly cute girls aged 17 or younger.
  • The Spiral Tailed Helm in Spiral Knights sports huge pigtails, providing characters with a feminine appearance.
  • Female Inklings from Splatoon have huge pigtails when they're in humanoid form, made out of a pair of their squid tentacles. Males have them tied up to a knot instead.
  • Cammy and Rainbow Mika from the Street Fighter series have versions of this hairdo. While Cammy's braids seem to be there just to emphasize that she's young, Mika's twin tails seem to hint at her personality, which contrasts with her being one of the largest females, in more ways than one.
  • Toadette from the Super Mario Bros. series has these, befitting her upbeat, childlike personality.
  • The titular Suzy Cube has cubic pigtails on both sides of her head.
  • Anise from Tales of the Abyss is the Token Mini-Moe of the bunch.
  • Presea from Tales of Symphonia, although her youthful personality is apparent in the second game.
  • Mint from Threads of Fate. She's incredibly selfish and childish, too.
  • Elise sports these in Tales of Xillia 2, which could be viewed as being symbolic of her having gotten over her shyness issues from the first game. You can also give them to anyone in the party (Guys included) once you find the appropriate accessory.
  • Ling Xiaoyu fom Tekken has pigtails to go with her youthful Genki Girl personality. Even after she graduates high school, she keeps the pigtails (though they become slightly smaller).
  • Touhou Project:
    • Komachi Onozuka. She also wields a rather hefty scythe.
    • Hatate Himekaidou, Aya's rival, who is often portrayed in fanon as younger and less experienced than Aya.
    • Nitori Kawashiro, Rin Kaenbyou, and Sakuya Izayoi as well.
  • Edy Nelson from Valkyria Chronicles has a hairdo like this. She's also immature. Alecia also sports them, but it seems more to highlight her innocence than anything else.
  • Jeanette from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines fits into the "Tsundere" type.
  • Pretty much every game that offers a Virtual Paper Doll mode will let you put pigtails on your female character. There are even some, like Pro Evolution Soccer, where you can have your created players wear them! (Bear in mind that most soccer games are Always Male, and this one's no exception.)
  • In the twelfth Dark Tales game, Lilly has her red hair in a pair of braided pigtails. It highlights the fact that she's an innocent little girl. It also adds to her incredible creepiness when she falls victim to Demonic Possession.

    Visual Novels 
    • Although it's hard to tell, Kotomi has these. Definitely the childish kind, as she's been sort of caught up in the past since her parents died.
    • Also, Sunohara's little sister Mei, though she's actually a child.
  • Coco in Ever17. She's 14, looks 9 and acts 5. Most of the time, anyway.
  • Partially subverted with Rin Tohsaka in Fate/stay night. She's a sharp-witted and sharp-tongued young woman, but for all of her maturity she's a young girl at heart. Also a Grade S Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Asa and Yoru in If My Heart Had Wings both have long twintails. They're also both the youngest girls in the cast, though Yoru actually has a mature personality that belies her appearance.
  • Makoto, of Kanon fame. She is largely a moe character though, albeit still with some slight tsundere-tendencies.
  • Little Busters!: Sasami has the half-up kind, as fitting her Tsundere personality. Komari also has little pigtails with hair decs on either side of her short hair, though they're not very big - in this case, childishness is definitely the intended impact.
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! has Kokoro Fushikawa, who has twin tails almost longer than herself, even with the odangos she usually wears.
  • The player character of Shall We Date?: Wizardess Heart wears her hair tied up into twintails. Klaus, noting the resemblance to rabbit ears, takes to calling her "Bunnyhead."
  • Miyuki of Tokimeki Memorial not only combines this with You Gotta Have Blue Hair, but also with Anime Hair.
  • Satsuki Yumizuka from Tsukihime. She's the only (well, sort of. She was supposed to be, anyway) love interest who actually does start basically normal and unaware of all the bad things going around. Bets on a hairstyle change if she "lives" to feature in Tsukihime 2?
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • Ange Ushiromiya is probably one of the more mature and level-headed characters, but she still uses hair clips that Battler gave her when she was much younger. Lampshaded by a few characters who say they make her look very childish.
    • Asmodeus has long ones, while Beelzebub has Mega Twintails.
    • Erika has looong twintails (in the manga they actually reach to her ankles).
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu: Michiru sports these in order to further facilitate her tsundere personality.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • This is the trademark look for Hope from Alone in a Crowd although she prefers to call them "Hopetails".
  • Anti-Heroes has Zurie. This is to denote that despite being a high-ranking member of the Ivory Veil, she's still quite immature. Her bunches also have shades of Regal Ringlets.
  • In Dubious Company, Tiren braids Elly's hair with these, as part of a drunken prank. Unfortunately for him, she got the hair-ties from Walter's Cursed MagiTek Room.
  • Ears for Elves: Myari has a very long version of these; they're at the angle of odango, just without the buns.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly the Monster and her clone/sister Golly both have manes of fur naturally shaped like bunched pigtails—which reflects their youth and immaturity.
  • Lilith Winterhill of In Wily's Defense, a sign of her immaturity.
  • Rachel in Ladies In Waiting sports a pair of these and is also the most innocent and childish of the cast.
  • The Last Days of FOXHOUND depicts The Boss with a pair in her youth.
  • Missi, the young Genki Girl from Misfile has pigtails, that sometimes appear to move with her mood.
  • Amber from Matchu has gigantic pigtails that reach the floor.
  • This is one of the most common appearances for female characters in Mountain Time. However, it's done more to emphasize their sex (the main difference between males and females in the comic is that the latter is always shown wearing a skirt) rather than to suggest youthfulness or innocence. In one comic, the pigtailed female comes off a bit like a prostitute. Or not. It's hard to say.
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Haley's Optimism Alter Ego is depicted as a young girl with pigtails. In #681, it's shown that Haley used to have that hairstyle.
    • Subverted with Tsukiko, who is an evil cleric/wizard, a convicted criminal, and a necrophiliac. But also kind of immature, so it sort of fits with the Psychopathic Womanchild angle.
    • Roy's mother, Sara Greenhilt, also sports Girlish Pigtails in her afterlife incarnation. Despite Sara dying as a gray-haired old woman, she never stopped seeing herself as the 19-year-old she once was.
  • Wannabe Wiccan Girl from Queen of Wands, in this case also indicating her extraordinarily ditzy mindset.
  • Griffon of Rooster Teeth Comic drew herself with pigtails, even though in real life she usually wore a ponytail. It ties in with her more Womanchild depiction in the comic, when in real life she's viewed as an Action Girl.

    Web Original 
  • DeviantArt:
    • Pictures of Doki has her donning these and this is sort of a subversion because she is an adult, not a child, though apparently they are to show that she is, at times, rather girlish
    • Some of the other ones might don these.
    • Then there is Brownie and, actually, this is inverted because she is an adult but is more like a bratty teenager and can be passed off as one, though, she did wear these as a child.
  • In Magical Girl Policy, Spirit Guard Valor wears her hair in pigtails, though not by choice.
  • Trope-tan is sort of an example, which says a lot about us if you think about it. (Even though her hair is really supposed to represent Lumper vs. Splitter.)

    Web Videos 
  • In Noob, Couette wears pigtails and started out as a Distaff Counterpart to the franchise's Manchild. Incidentally, "couette" in the French word for the hairstyle.
  • The Nostalgia Chick. As time went on, it was to show that even though she tries to be adult, she's really a childish sociopath. When Chick as a good person appeared in the Critic's holiday special, she had a neat ponytail. Nella and Elisa had their turn when they did parody commercials for "realistic baby dolls". Baby Colic, Baby Scarred For Life, Baby Death Wish... that kinda thing.
  • Lawn Justice. Shelly's pigtails are her trademark, making her age (29!) even more shocking.

    Western Animation 
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, Michelle sports these along with some Youthful Freckles.
  • A Treasure In My Garden: The girl in the episode "Scuttlebutt, What A Nut" had these.
  • As Told by Ginger
    • Dodie has these as she is the perkiest and most immature of the Power Trio. When she starts in high school she wears her hair down. In fact whenever her hair is out of its pigtails, she appears to be trying to act more grown up or sophisticated.
    • Miranda puts her hair in these when she and Darren start dating.
  • Meng from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Immature she certainly is.
  • In Barbie and the Secret Door, the Big Bad, Malucia, has huge purple pigtails twice the size of her head.
  • Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series didn't have pigtails at first, but her partly childlike behavior seemed to warrant them (and they fit with the hat). She also didn't have them when she was a psychologist. Like pretty much everything else about her, this was ported to the comics.
  • On Beat Bugs, Buzz sports these along with a general cute child look.
  • Gretchen from Camp Lakebottom has these, although they're probably meant to be ironic since she's a cynical Deadpan Snarker.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Numbuh Three's younger sister Mushi, who is a young girl with a peppy and childish personality. Subverted in that she turns out to be mean and calculating.
    • Numbuh Three herself used to sport these when she was younger; although she grew out of the pigtails, she didn't grow out of her childlike behaviour. She's also a Type B Tsundere.
  • Box Lunch from Danny Phantom. Fitting since she is the youngest ghost to appear in the series.
  • Daria:
    • Brittany certainly fits the "blissful ignorance" version.
    • Stacy typically wears her hair in a pair of braided pigtails. She's also easily the nicest member of the Fashion Club.
  • Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory. She's older than Dexter, but acts more like a little girl.
  • On Doc McStuffins, Doc McStuffins herself sports these, along with a purple hairband with a pink flower.
  • Vicky's little sister Tootie in The Fairly OddParents.
  • The young daughter in Familia Tipo wears her hair permanently in pigtails. She's immature and bratty.
  • Sonia and Leah Glady from the French cartoon La Famille Glady. Weirdly, Sonia is actually Leah's mother, and yet she uses very girlish pigtails.
  • Pistol from Goof Troop possesses a very large pair of these befitting of her Genki Girl characterization.
  • Hey Arnold!:
  • Penny, Gadget's young niece from Inspector Gadget. In the sequel-ish spinoff series, she upgrades to slightly less girlish ones.
  • Kimber and Pizzazz from Jem both wear pigtails in flashbacks to their childhood. In Pizzazz's case it signifies when she was more innocent and happy, back before her mother left and when she still got along with her dad. One of the few times Kimber changed her hairstyle in-series she wore pigtails to go with her cowgirl getup.
  • Eugly from Kaeloo wears her hair in pigtails. She also seems to be a Girly Girl, although there are no tomboys in the show's cast.
  • In Kim Possible, the "flashback" scenes from "A Sitch in Time" show Kim with pigtails as a young girl.
  • Loopy from Life with Loopy, fitting, as she's the youngest kid in the show (at seven).
  • Annie from Little Einsteins definitely fits for this trope, since she is the youngest member of the team.
  • Lana Loud of The Loud House has two long braided pigtails, while her twin sister Lola wears her hair down.
  • Vendetta of Making Fiends (one of the character even refers to her as "the pigtailed one") though obviously being an Enfant Terrible, she is a subversion.
  • Meg from Mega Babies has green pigtails to contrast her pink skin.
  • Kid Hero Marinette/Ladybug from Miraculous Ladybug sports her hair in two low bluish-black pigtails. In the switch to animesque to CGI the size of her pigtails was toned down. Her young friend Manon Chamack also has these, and it's more justified for her as she's only five.
  • Jenny Wakeman’s “hair” from My Life as a Teenage Robot is this.
    • Also Melody
  • Megan's younger sister Molly from My Little Pony 'n Friends wears her hair in pigtails. Megan herself wears a ponytail instead.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: As a filly, Starlight Glimmer had these.
  • Oh No! It's An Alien Invasion: Lily, the youngest member of S.W.E.E.T., has these.
  • Bubbles of The Powerpuff Girls. While all the girls are the same age, Bubbles acts the youngest.
  • Both Spinelli and Gretchen of Recess wear pigtails, though neither one falls under the standard "girly" or "childish" archetypes: Gretchen is The Smart Guy, while Spinelli is a Cute Bruiser Tomboy, though she is (month wise) the youngest of the gang.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, Mindy wears her hair like this, portraying her innocence.
  • Angelica's pigtails in Rugrats seem to serve as a contrast to her true nature; the adults think she's a sweet innocent girl while she's actually a spoiled little bully.
  • Kandi from Station X is the fashion-conscious one of the group, and has pigtails.
  • Both Katie and Sadie of Total Drama, fitting their childish personalities.
  • Transformers Animated
    • Eight-year-old Sari has them, but keeps them even after she upgrades herself into a teenager. They're still there even when she transforms to robot mode.
    • Also Professor Princess, who's definitely childish.
  • Miko Nakadai from Transformers: Prime.
  • Winx Club: This was Musa's signature hairstyle for the first three seasons (short pigtails in seasons 1-2, long pigtails in season 3), despite her identifying as a tomboy.
  • Despite being at least 14, Hay Lin of W.I.T.C.H. goes through various forms of pigtails during the series. The comic DOES show her with her hair down at certain points, but for the most part, she has her hair up in pigtails.
    • Irma usually wears pigtails as well (comic only).
  • Daizy from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! has pigtails that resemble dog ears which are held up by flowers.
  • Kimiko Tohomiko of Xiaolin Showdown sports this as her default hairstyle when not in Expository Hairstyle Change mode.

Alternative Title(s): Twintails


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