A rattail is a hair style that is characterized by a long "tail"-like element of hair growing downward from the back of the head. The rattail usually hangs naturally; however, it can be braided, treated as a dread, permed, straightened, or curled with an iron. In some instances, an individual might choose to grow several tails as opposed to a single very long tail.
The rattail seems to be rather commonly seen on manga characters.[original research?] For example, Dr. Tofu (a character in Ranma 1/2) and Masaharu Niou from Prince of Tennis all have small ponytails resembling rattails. Tenchi Masaki also is seen with a rattail. Auron from Final Fantasy X also sports a rattail in a concept art by Tetsuya Nomura (it is not visible in game because of his high-brim collar). However, this may be due to the hairstyle's similarity to the queue. Miroku(Inuyasha) also has a rattail.
Some punks and rivetheads have been known to support them also, although in a much more punky style, totally shaven head, except for a tuft of hair at the back, usually dyed in various luminous colours. In Australia it is predominantly associated with the "bogan" subculture, but is prevalent throughout society.
Cristiano Ronaldo had in the past a variation of this haircut.
Skott Wacha Rines, also known as the "Rat-Tailed Bandit" has a rattail and "wacha's" it as his comical signature that he is widely known for.
U.S. District Court judge Michael J. McShane wore a rattail in court at the beginning of his career as a young public defender.
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