Created By: MushroomSamba on December 26, 2012 Last Edited By: MushroomSamba on June 8, 2014

Ladylike Finger-To-Lip

The typical anime movement of a girl putting the edge of her index finger gently to her lip when she's giggling or thinking.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Something like this picture - a way to show that a girl is feminine or ladylike is for her to do this when giggling or deep in thought. Not sure how to describe it though.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • December 26, 2012
    TakeHomeRena
    I get what you've got here, I don't know how to describe it either. Anyway...

    • The Tokyo Mew Mew uses it frequently in the manga. Usually the girls, but even Quiche does it a couple of times.
  • December 26, 2012
    MushroomSamba
  • December 26, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Link doesn't work.
  • December 27, 2012
    Luc
    DRCEQ: You just have to copy and paste it, rather than clicking on it.
  • December 29, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    In the Austin Powers movies, Dr. Evil does this with his pinky finger. He's a male character, but the gesture was probably designed to make him seem somewhat effeminate.
  • December 29, 2012
    MushroomSamba
    Actually, I didn't quite mean putting your finger to your lip as much as putting the joint of your index finger slightly to your lip - putting the tip of your index finger to your lip would be a different trope entirely, and would be more seductive than ladylike/feminine/elegant.
  • December 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Didn't look at the image, but pretty sure this isn't anime-specific.
  • December 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    It doesn't seem to me particularly "lady" like...it looks to me like a Stock Pose/Body Language displaying "thinking."
  • January 2, 2013
    MushroomSamba
    It's ladylike when done while giggling or coughing. It's common enough for me, I think it needs a trope as a Stock Pose at least.
  • January 2, 2013
    MushroomSamba
    It's ladylike when done while giggling or coughing. It's common enough for me, I think it needs a trope as a Stock Pose at least.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    bump, i'm sure i've seen this trope before here, but i can't quite put my finger on it...
  • September 13, 2013
    arbiter099
    I think it can be a gender neutral trope. The Eleventh Doctor is particularly fond of it. How's Thoughtful Finger or Thinking Fingers?
  • September 13, 2013
    JonnyB
    Related to Nose Tapping?
  • September 14, 2013
    DAN004
    I thought this is putting the index finger to the lips and saying "Psssh". :P
  • September 24, 2013
    XFllo
    I think it's one of Thinking Tics. And anime specific? Ha Ha Ha No.
  • September 24, 2013
    LondonKdS
    This is mentioned in Noblewomans Laugh but not the focus.
  • June 8, 2014
    lilylilium
    Bumping, this is really common and I don't think it's People Sit On Chairs. Worth working on.
  • June 8, 2014
    RabidTanker
    Anna from Fire Emblem: Awakening does this, if video games count

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=f52flupu7ae4m6ojzmo4o99k