Created By: yogyog on October 18, 2011 Last Edited By: AmourMitts on July 2, 2017

95% 3/4

Characters are nearly always shown in 3/4 face

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The 3/4 face is a useful skill for any cartoonist. it means you are able to see both eyes, and so a large range of expression, but the face is angled to point left or right, so it can face, or face away from things. A lot of cartoonists, however, almost always use the 3/4 face: if two people are shown facing each-other they will be shown in 3/4 face - which actually means their lines of site are at 90 degrees to each-other.

This trope is for when the 3/4 degree face is used far more than would be applicable by any normal laws of perspective. It therefore only applies to 2D drawn media like comics, 2D animation and 2D video games. It particularly applies if characters are only seen from the exact same 3/4 view.

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  • October 18, 2011
    I think this trope needs a better name, and really I can think of a lot of live action TV shows that use 3/4 when characters are having conversation, so there really should be provisions for that, don't ya think?
  • October 18, 2011
    The overwhelming majority of Fire Emblem portraits have characters in 3/4. There are a few looking straight at the player, but only in older games.
  • October 19, 2011
    • Lampshaded in an issue of Savage Dragon. The Dragon is filming a commercial and the director has to remind him to turn toward the camera at this angle. The Dragon mentions that he isn't used to standing at that angle while talking... all while drawn to do exactly that.
  • October 19, 2011
    How about 'Look me in the Cheek'?
  • October 19, 2011
    This also tends to happen with theater--as people onstage are conversing, they also tend to cheat out towards the audience for better projection, even when in real life they would be talking face-to-face.

    I think this is People Sit On Chairs, though, since it's due to the nature of the media involved.
  • October 19, 2011
    ^^ I'll second that.
  • October 19, 2011
    I don't think it is People Sit On Chairs as it's a Acceptable Break From Reality.
  • October 19, 2011
    ^ I'm with you on this. The theatre point LoopyChew made supports this. I think it even happens somewhat in films and live-action TV, in shots similar to theatrical staging.

    Look Me In The Cheek works as a name.
  • October 19, 2011
    Perhaps I'm dirty-minded, but Look Me In The Cheek suggests the... lower cheeks.

    I don't think this needs to be its own trope. It's a holdover from theater staging. Put it in Useful Notes
  • October 21, 2011
    Look Me In The Cheek seems a little confusing, because it refers to the perspective of the audience, and not the characters involved. The characters aren't looking at each other's cheeks. They're not really looking at each other at ALL.

    @Chariset: "It's a holdover from theater staging." Bingo. I was a theatre major in college, and the stage-direction shorthand term you'd get from the director when he or she wanted you to open yourself up to greater visibility was, "Cheating out." "I need you to cheat out about 20 degrees." Or, "Could you cheat out little toward house left? I'm losing your reactions." It was pretty universal, and everyone understood it. So, lingo-y and slightly trade-speak obtuse though it may be, "Cheating Out" might work.

    Otherwise, if playing off of the positions of the characters in question relative to each other, "Right-Angle Relativity," "90-Degree Noggins," "The 75% Rule," or even going full geek with "The Gibbous Face" might get there.
  • October 21, 2011
    Yes, and as yogyog noted, it's an Acceptable Break From Reality--acceptable because it's useful for projection to the audience. I think of it as distantly related to camera cuts between two people having a conversation, which are also designed to convey and highlight character reactions for the benefit of the audience.
  • October 21, 2011
    Lampshaded in the Saturday Night Live sketch "High School Musical 4," where Troy comes back to talk to the current graduating class about life in the real world.
    Troy: Let me tell you how my first day [in college] went: I was nervous, but excited. So I started singing a song called "Nervous But Excited." People just stared at me! There was zero choreography! ZERO!
    Kelly: Then what happened?
    Troy: Who are you talking to?
    Kelly: You.
    Troy: Word of advice: look at who you're talking to. Once you leave this school, no one projects or cheats out.
  • October 22, 2011
    Related to Cheated Angle.