The regal hairstyle worn by many female characters, primarily in Japanese or Japanese-inspired media. The name comes from the Japanese word for princess and is associated with the upper classes and tradition.
In its pristine form, the straight black hair endemic to actual, real-life Japanese people is worn long, save for perfectly level bangs trimmed just above the upper eyelids, and side locks trimmed to roughly cheek and/or shoulder level (or sometimes even both). It is widely believed to be the court style of the Heian Period, and thus Older Than Feudalism. Well, Japanese feudalism. The hairstyle is rooted in the fact the Japanese tend to have voluminous sideburns.
The Hime Cut is rivaled by other styles. Ojou Ringlets are gaining prominence among anime royalty, and the general populace in Japan also favors distinctive short cuts or ponytail offshoots, such as Tsundere pigtails.
This hairstyle has a good chance of showing up if the character is an Ojou or Yamato Nadeshiko. It's also a fairly popular style with Mikos. In more modern settings, it's popular with Elegant Gothic Lolita characters. If it's a Chanbara, its appearance is a given, although usually the hair is tied back with a ribbon, and sometimes the side locks also. It's also used to accentuate personality traits traditionally associated with the ojou and similar types: calm, dignified, traditional, elegant, graceful, demure, and modest (or some combination thereof). When listing examples, please identify which character traits the hime cut is symbolizing or accentuating.
Naturally, any Historical Fiction or Period Piece set between the Heian period and Meiji Revolution will have women wearing this hairstyle, in which case the choice of cut itself has little meaning. When listing examples, please mention if the story is set in those times.
Please do not list examples unless they have all the required physical characteristics (straight hair, straight bangs, shorter sidetails, and back) and at least one of the lifestyle or personality characteristics (royalty, Miko, Ojou, Yamato Nadeshiko, Elegant Gothic Lolita, Lady of War, or other traits). Having straight bangs only does not qualifies a hairstyle as a hime cut.
For Western haircut with similar high status connotations, see Regal Ringlets. Do not confuse with a Gilligan Cut, or any kind of scene change as a cut. The trope Samurai Ponytail can have similar connotations of class but also indicates martial ability and, of course, the samurai.
- Gender Inverted with Legna in Aruosumente. Although it's not immediately obvious because most of his hair is hidden beneath his cloak, he has long black hair with bangs and sidelocks cut off at chin level. He is also, as the Oracle, of a high social status, traditionally minded to a fault, and outwardly calm and dignified.
- Salamandinay from Cross Ange has parted straight bangs, armpit-length sidelocks, and waist-length straight hair. She's the Dragon Princess after all, living in a dimension with an oriental theme, and acts in a calm and dignified manner.
- Fairy Tail:
- In Kill la Kill, Satsuki has straight full bangs, bra strap length sidelocks, and thigh-length straight hair. She's fittingly the dignified heir of the Kiryuin Conglomerate. As a kindergartner, she wore the same hairstyle with her mid-back length sidelocks and hip-length hair.
- Motoko Aoyama from Love Hina has full straight bangs, bra strap length sidelocks, and waist-length straight hair, empathizing her traditional upbringing and samurai-like personality.
- Hinata Hyuga has full straight bangs, shoulder-length sidelocks, and waist-length straight hair in Part II, befitting her status as the heiress of the illustrious Hyuga clan and her newfound confidence and assertiveness. But by Boruto, where she's given up her title of Hyuga clan leader to marry Naruto (who becomes hokage a few years afterwards), it's back into a bob.
- Shion from Naruto Shippuden: The Movie has full straight bangs, shoulder-length sidelocks, and long straight hair, befitting her status as a Miko.
- Tenchi Muyo!:
- Ayeka has a variation with full straight bangs, collarbone-length sidelocks, and chin-length hair with two ankle-length loose ponytails. It is clearly designed to remind you of the hairstyle while being alien enough to remind you... she's an alien. While she tries to be graceful, modest and elegant at all times, she also has a temper and is prone to fighting with Ryoko.
- One of the possible haircuts in Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D is long straight hair with two symmetrical bangs hiding the eyebrows and two thin locks ending at shoulder level. Mostly used for women, but not restricted to. It can be found in pre-made characters, such as Rivertorrent (brown hair), Ray (brown as well), Irene (green hair) and Percival (purple); and you can give it to your customizable characters.
- X-Men: Evolution: Mystique, doubling as a Lady of War and The Vamp, has a variation in season one. However, her bangs are somewhat shorter than most examples (possibly held up by the yellow pendant she wears on her forehead) and her sidelocks are hung down in shoulder-length, plaited curtains that mesh with the longer hair she has in the back, covering her ears.