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Female {{anime}} characters, when surprised, shocked, or threatened, will frequently throw their arms up in the air at a forty-five degree angle, just like a Kewpie doll. {{Moe}} characters are more likely to do this than others.

The trope can take one of two forms: either the character doing it will freeze into a {{tableau}}, or she'll flap her arms up into the kewpie doll pose and down again. Mere surprise more commonly elicits the first reaction; terrified or frantic characters are more likely to perform the second. The trope is largely confined to comedy series.

See Also: HumanHummingbird

* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The trope recurs throughout the series' entire run.
** In the first season, Kasumi does the first type upon first seeing Akane's shorter haircut (flinging a frying pan into the air in the process, forcing Ramna to rescue it and its contents).
** Girl-type Ranma does the second when facing her [[AchillesHeel mortal fear of cats]].
%%* ''Anime/MazeMegaburstSpace''
%%* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
%%* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': Shinobu in the title sequence, as well as in the 19th episode.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'': Every Chance it gets.
* [[HumanAlien Ruuko Kireinasora]] in ''Manga/ToHeart2'' has this as her ''greeting'', .
* ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}''. Especially Kate does this a lot.
* ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass''
* [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs Nanoha]] does this in ''A's'' when Vita gets her name wrong.
** Pictured above is Caro Ru Lushe from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* Manga/{{Kobato}} does this quite often.
* Popura from ''Manga/{{Working}}'' is prone to this.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has one instance. When Hanon and Rina see Lucia's clothes in Kaito's house hung just at the window, they enter this state as they wonder what naughty/perverted things are happening there. When the scene changes again, it shows them and their Kewpie doll versions of them in their hands.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses this several times on several different characters.
** Susan does it [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1737 here.]]
** [[StraightGay Justin]] does it in protest of Elliot's adorable [[GenderBender female form]].