Created By: SirHandel3 on July 3, 2016 Last Edited By: SirHandel3 on January 2, 2018
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Cute Indignant Girl Stance

A cute way for an illustrator to show their audience a cute female character is annoyed

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Her Royal Highness is not amused.

Women have a variety of ways to show their indignation, displeasure or what have you at something that offends them. In anime and manga however, a girl has to do this without appearing threatening, mainly because the illustrator wants to convey that she's annoyed or irritated or objecting to what's going on without compromising her cuteness. Enter the Cute Indignant Girl Stance.

There is no in-universe justification for this trope: It solely exists for Rule of Cute, and the body language itself is meant to emphasize this: Her arms will be straight and her hands balled into fists with her wrists bent at ninety-degree angles so as to project her fists outward in opposite directions; her shoulders will be bunched up to help emphasize this. Meanwhile, her facial expression, while conveying annoyance, displeasure, etc., will vary depending on the level of gravitas (or lack thereof) in the scene in which the cute girl is conveying it.

This trope exists as a lighthearted way for a female character to use her body language to convey her irritation, indignation or some other form of displeasure. Note that in-universe the female character's not trying to come across as anything; it's just the audience perceiving her as cute when she does this that makes her cute for doing so, simply because the illustrator thought she'd look cute this way.

Any female character archetype can pull this trope off as long as the character is cute; you wouldn't expect Xena or Wonder Woman to engage in this trope not because they're badasses, but because they're drawn realistically with no intention to be cute.

Expect the Clingy Jealous Girl to do this as part of her schtick.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Gamble Fish: Natsumi Kimura reacts this way when the other members of Tomu's harem start glomping him. Additionally, her pigtails go up on either side for Ruleof Funny.
  • In an episode of To Love-Ru Darkness, Momo does this when Nemesis has Rito accompany her for a day about town as her servant.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dark Magician Girl sports this trope (while floating) during the Virtual World Arc in response to Crump being a jerk and a pervert. Despite being the franchise's unofficial sex symbol, she's able to pull this trope off due to how adorable her expression is.
  • Chivalryofa Failed Knight: Stella Vermillion provides the page image when everyone starts doubting Ikki's abilities when he starts to falter in his match against the Hunter. She then gives them a "Reason You Suck" Speech for only listening to rumors about him and not knowing what he's really like.

Fan Work
  • In Act 1 Chapter 6 of Soul Eater: Troubled Souls, Claudia is described as assuming this pose ("Claudia stomped on the ground with one foot, both arms down, and her knuckles up") because her weapon meister, Caius, refuses to go shopping in Ireland after killing their target. Naturally, it's Played for Laughs.

Video Games
  • Blazblue Chronophantasma: in one Gag Reel where Ragna gets the Spectacles of Eros plastered onto him, when Noel sees Ragna act awkwardly when Celica says she likes Ragna (when he would deny other girls' confessions), Noel strikes this pose while being angry at Ragna (although we only see her hips and her right hand, visibly stretched down and angled sideways).
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: One of Phoenix Wright's Limit Break has his partner Maya appears in front of him and then doing this pose, before rushing at the enemy while flailing her arms.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • July 3, 2016
    Aubren
    Is this really a trope? I admit that there's an issue where anime fans simply won't take angry women seriously. But dies it count as a trope when it's from the audiences perspective? Or is this about the writers' trying to trigger moe in the audience?
  • July 4, 2016
    Arivne
    • Capitalized (Ruleof Cute).
    • Changed some apostrophes that create junk characters (`) to ones that don't (').
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Added media section titles.
      • Removed unnecessary Pot Holing.
      • Namespaced work names.
      • Blue Linked (glomp).
      • Moved a work name closer to the beginning of an example as per How To Write An Example - State the source.
  • July 4, 2016
    DAN004
    Oh I get it, this is a Stock Pose trope.

    Maybe Cute Angry Girl Pose to make it clearer?
    • Blazblue Chronophantasma: in one Gag Reel where Ragna gets the Spectacles of Eros plastered onto him, when Noel sees Ragna act awkwardly when Celica says she likes Ragna (when he would deny other girls' confessions), Noel strikes this pose while being angry at Ragna (although we only see her hips and her right hand, visibly stretched down and angled sideways).
  • July 4, 2016
    DAN004
    • Marvel Vs Capcom 3: One of Phoenix Wright's Limit Break has his partner Maya appears in front of him and then doing this pose, before rushing at the enemy while flailing her arms.
  • July 4, 2016
    SirHandel3
    First off, thank you to everyone that responded. The basic trope here is that the character's anger, displeasure, indignation, etc. is being conveyed in a cute way. Everything else is supplementary.

    DAN 004 got it right, it is a Stock Pose trope. But the only thing it's trying to convey to the audience is that this character's angry/displeased/indignant or what have you, but the way they're going about being angry/displeased/indignant/what have you comes across as cute. In-Universe, the cute girl isn't trying to be cute by expressing her anger/displeasure/indignation/annoyance/what have you; it's just how it comes across to the audience (and also perhaps other characters In-Universe).

    It's got nothing to do with people not taking female characters seriously; it's more about how the illustrator needs a lighthearted and cute enough way to show a female character in one of the above mentioned moods.

    Admittedly I do want to include something about how the trope exists because of societal pressures for women to show/express their anger in socially acceptable ways, but I feel that detracts too much from the purpose of the trope since an illustrator most likely draws the character that way simply because it looks cute.

    Also, can we change the Tabletop Games example back to an Anime example? The instance of Dark Magician Girl sporting the stance happened in the anime and has nothing to do with the game itself. Besides, this is somewhat of an anime trope. I'll add that part now.
  • July 17, 2016
    SirHandel3
    Updated with video game examples. Added a Video Games section with entries for Blazblue Chronophantasma and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
  • August 31, 2016
    SirHandel3
    I'm becoming immensely frustrated with failing to put the Dark Magician Girl image in here. No matter what I try to do, it just doesn't work. It displays the URL and not the image. Could someone please help me with this? Here's the image I want to put in: http://sta.sh/027ignhrgbwq. I tried doing it the way the Text Formatting Rules page told me to, but it didn't work, so I need someone's help.
  • August 31, 2016
    DAN004
  • October 16, 2017
    SirHandel3
    Thank you so much, DAN 004. I've finally uploaded the image, so now maybe we can work on getting this launched properly.
  • October 17, 2017
    Synchronicity
    Image needs to crop out the dark bars at the sides and the girl on the right, since she's not doing the pose and therefore is irrelevant to illustrating the trope.
  • October 17, 2017
    longWriter
    ^ I agree, but an image where the girl posing has her feet on the floor might help clear up the ambiguity better, too.
  • October 27, 2017
    erazor0707
    In Act 1 Chapter 6 of Soul Eater Troubled Souls, Claudia is described as assuming this pose ("Claudia stomped on the ground with one foot, both arms down, and her knuckles up") because her weapon meister, Caius, refuses to go shopping in Ireland after killing their target. Naturally, it's Played For Laughs.
  • October 24, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    The image should focus on the girl doing the stance. It's confusing at the moment.
  • October 25, 2017
    Larkmarn
    Agreed. Really bad picture, especially given how busy the DMG's design is.

    Also, a point should probably be added that it's often accompanied by puffed out cheeks for some reason.
  • January 2, 2018
    SirHandel3
    New picture, new caption. Is this better?
  • January 2, 2018
    SirHandel3
    Correction: New picture, new caption, and I added the Fan Work example. Better?
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