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 from 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. It is a very popular hairstyle in New Zealand, especially among boys, and is sometimes combined with shaven sides, a soft mini-mohawk and 'tram tracks' in Maori designs.
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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