Created By: suprageng on July 27, 2012
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All Cartoon Characters are Left-Handed

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Ever notice that the vast majority of cartoon shows have their characters being left-handed? Not by title of course, since the characters aren't ever described as left handed. However, whenever they throw a ball, use a baseball bat/hockey stick/golf club, punch, etc, they most often use their left hand or use a left-dominant stance. Maybe because it's easier to draw it that way? Or maybe cartoonists model these actions by watching themselves in the mirror? Either way, a disproportionate amount of cartoon characters are left handed in practice.
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  • July 27, 2012
    captainpat
    So Left Handed Cartoon Character? Sorry this is People Sit On Chairs. Also try to avoid blanket statements like "All x are y". It's end up with a bunch of "aversion" that disprove the statement.
  • July 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    No, I've never noticed that. However:
    • In The Simpsons there are a remarkable number of leftys, so much that there are at least two left-handed stores in town. Ned Flanders owns one.
    • Many Muppets are left handed, because their muppeteers are right handed. The right hand moves the mouth (the most important part) and the left hand controls the stick which controls the left arm. The right usually hangs down unmoving.
  • July 27, 2012
    abk0100
    ^^Yeah, "left handed cartoon character", that's exactly what this describes.

    I've never actually noticed this trope myself, but at least come up with a passable argument if you're trying to shut this down.
  • July 27, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ It's completely contradictory to our other trope Everyone Is Right Handed and unless there's some plot importance like The Killer Was Left Handed, then a list of left handed cartoon character's is completely useless.
  • July 27, 2012
    abk0100
    What are you talking about " a list of left-handed characters"?
  • July 27, 2012
    Rognik
    I never noticed this trope, but now that I think about it, there is a bit of truth to it. At least, as far as a knock-out punch. However, that's not left-handedness; the character is holding their target with their right hand while the left is used to punch the face. Even I use my left hand sometimes to pick up a plate or a book if it happens to be closer.

    If you really want to make a case for this trope, you need to have the character picking up and holding things in their left hand, or other handed-biased acts, like writing. Challenge to the OP: provide a few examples of the person using their left hand to do dominant-hand activities.
  • July 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Never noticed this either.
  • July 27, 2012
    Routerie
    Further to what captainpat said, obviously not all cartoon characters are left--handed, (and if all were, this page would have to list only aversions). So this page can only be a list of left-handed cartoon characters.

    Why are cartoon characters left-handed? What does that represent? Anything?
  • July 27, 2012
    zennyrpg
    ^ TheSouthpaw states that "This appears in fiction as well, where left-handedness is used a defining characteristic, and is treated as a slight positive." People may make their characters lefties to make them "unique" or "interesting".
  • July 27, 2012
    captainpat
    ^ Or just because. We can't base a trope off assumptions. Unlike The Southpaw, all there is to this trope is that a character is left handed.
  • July 27, 2012
    cygnavamp
    Does ambidextrous count? Mulan writes left handed and uses a sword right handed. Tiana from The Princess And The Frog was reportedly made left handed at the request of the voice actress, but she seems more on the ambidextrous side.
  • July 28, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ Depending on your definition of "ambidextrous" - a broader term is "cross-dominance" (or mixed-handedness), where a person does some tasks right-handed and others left. Many lefties for example (self included) learn to use the computer mouse right-handed.
  • April 28, 2016
    Grojfan
    I really think this is something worth making a page about. Making characters do everything with their left hands has just kind of become something that people automatically do without even knowing. Even if you're just a random person drawing a picture of someone doing anything with their hands, you'll almost always make them do it with their left hand. It's just some kind of subconscious thing people do. I guess it's easier to draw them like that, or maybe it always looks better if they do it left handed, or maybe it's just people's brains being "right-sided" when it comes to drawing. But nonetheless, people tend to always make cartoon characters do things left handed.
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