Created By: lebrel on March 28, 2012 Last Edited By: lebrel on February 10, 2014

Cute perky feminine guy

Split and rename Keet per TRS - this is the girly guy half

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Per the TRS thread on Keet, it is being split and revamped. This is one of two YKTT Ws for the new parts; the other is "Hyperactive, gabby, cute little brother type" (also Needs a Better Title). This half here will inherit the Keet redirect, unless someone has a better idea.

Needs a Better Title. Needs a Better Description. Help sorting the Keet examples is also appreciated.
A Stock Japanese Character, the CPFG is a cute, rather feminine young guy, primarily restricted to shoujo and yaoi. These characters often share traits with common shojo heroine types. In personality they are generally The Pollyanna, The Ingenue, Genki Boys or Tsundere, and physically they are usually pretty or very pretty, slender and delicate, not overly masculine, and often short.

They are prone to ending up in fangirl-bait fanservice situations, whether that involves yaoi tease, crossdressing or just gratuitous moe-ness. They are not necessarily gay, but regardless of their sexuality, Ho Yay will frequently occur around them.

This is a common build for the Uke in Boys Love Genre. In works with a primarily male cast they are often interpreted as a female Audience Surrogate.

Younger examples may overlap with Token Mini-Moe.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!: Yukimura is cute and short and not very masculine, but he starts off just as the contentious class secretary to Misaki's class president. Then Usui kisses him (to cover for having kissed Miaski), and he was immediately sacrificed on the pyres of fanservice; his personality became more blushy and easily-flustered, he's been repeatedly forced to crossdress, he regularly gets sexually harassed by Usui (especially during the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot columns), and the readers and the author make jokes about his sexual orientation. He's very flustered and upset by all this.
  • Otomen: Yamato. The series' gimmick is that all of the main male characters are In Touch With Their Feminine Side, but whereas most of them look manly but have girly interests, Yamato is the converse: petite and so pretty he's regularly mistaken for a girl, with a perky, innocent personality, but he desperately wants to be a cool, masculine guy. Unfortunately for him, he's the series' go-to source of crossdressing fanservice, to his confusion.
  • Ai Ore! Love Me!: The male lead and Love Interest Akira is a cute little pretty thing who has all the guys panting after him and regularly crossdresses. He's totally faking the perky and innocent part, though.
  • Kyou Kara Maou: Yuuri is cute, on the less-masculine side of the cast, energetic and straightforward but not very effective. Most of the time. Wolfram is cute, feminine, prone to tantrums, and engaged to Yuuri.
  • Shuichi in Gravitation (although moreso in the anime and the later manga rather than the early manga). Ryuichi, however, is unarguably the show's biggest example. There's another side to him, however....
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Feliciano/North Italy mixes this with The Ditz.
    • Poland too, if in a different way (more teasing and playful than cute and hyper), gratuitously mixed with Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
    • While not necessarily colorful or small, Korea and America are definitely hyperactive and loud.
    • And Japan at one point thanks to Italy.
  • Finnian in Kuroshitsuji, complete with Hair Decorations. Prince Soma, too.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • March 28, 2012
    Catbert
    Maybe I just haven't seen the right shows, but I'm having a really hard time understanding the qualifiers for this.
  • March 28, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ If you aren't familiar with shoujo/BL, you've probably never seen one. It's the cute uke-ish girly-guy character that makes a certain type of fangirl squee and makes people who aren't fans of cute uke-ish girly-guy characters go "Pfbbt, why didn't they just make him a girl?"
  • March 28, 2012
    Nocturna
    I'm not really seeing the difference between this definition and Genki Girl (aside from the feminine-ness). I think Noir's description was better at encapsulating the difference.
  • March 28, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ I'm definitely looking for help with the description, but I think Noir's description here overemphasizes "being a main character" (not a requirement) and "audience surrogate" (also not a requirement). We could take some of her paragraphs 3 and 4, if you think that would help.
  • March 28, 2012
    Nocturna
    I don't see the "being a main character" part of it at all. Maybe something like this (liberally borrowing from both of you):

    A Stock Japanese Character, the CPFG is a cute, rather feminine young guy, primarily restricted to shoujo and yaoi. Other than being male, these characters act nearly identical to female shojo heroines, and tend to pick up the types of tropes more commonly associated with females and romances, such as the Love Dodecahedron and One Head Taller. In personality they are generally The Pollyanna, The Ingenue, Genki Girl or a Tsundere, and their body-types are very slender and delicate, not overly masculine, and often short.

    They are prone to ending up in fangirl-bait fanservice situations, whether that involves yaoi tease, crossdressing or just gratuitous moe-ness. They are not necessarily gay, but regardless of their sexuality, copious amounts of Ho Yay occur around them.

    They are a common build for the Uke in Boys Love Genre. They can be used as a female Audience Surrogate in female-oriented works with a primarily male cast.

    Younger examples may overlap with Token Mini Moe.


    Also, I don't think Ouran High School Host Club fits, at all. Hunny is the "young active cute" variety, and none of the rest (with the possible exception of Tamaki) act very feminine.

    I would also say that Momiji is also more the the "young active cute" variety, too.
  • March 28, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ Ok, I can work with that.

    I dunno why I had Hunny there, I wanted him on the "little brother" YKTTW. I was going by other's descriptions of Momiji, I'll take him off.
  • March 28, 2012
    shimaspawn
    This did not get consensus to split. Crowner says it's not it's own thing. I'm discarding this in light of that.
  • March 28, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ I understood the crowner to vote for this to be Keet, or what's going to inherit Keet as a redirect considering that the crowner voted to rename. No-one in the thread argued that this wasn't a thing.
  • May 16, 2012
    lebrel
    Anyone have any thoughts on the name or description?
  • May 25, 2012
    lebrel
    Bump. Comments?
  • June 4, 2012
    Malitia
    You know this was pretty much the definition I used keet on the character page of Roommates describing Jareth. Not hyperactive enough for Genki Boy but cheerful, cute, short (or to be precise the only one not ridiculously tall), feminine and despite having a Single Target Sexuality shipped with everybody by the fans... only the young part doesn't really fit as he is Really Sevenhundred Years Old (and a really really really well hidden badass).
  • February 10, 2014
    DAN004
    I think this is already covered with Bi Shonen or Dude Looks Like A Lady
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