This is the act of pulling down one lower eyelid and sticking out the tongue and saying "Beh-da!" (Japanese) or "Nyaaaah!" (English dub). A highly ritualized expression of disdain or disapproval, used exclusively by children and immature adults. Basically the same as the Western act of sticking out the tongue, cranked up a few notches, though definitely not a profane gesture
In Japan this is referred to as akanbe
(a corruption of akai me
, "red eye"), and it's called mon oeil
("my eye") in France and Quebec. This is in fact a Franco-Japanese cultural trope, but you'll see it everywhere in anime. Easily mistaken for the Eye Am Watching You
gesture, but it's entirely unrelated. See also Blowing a Raspberry
A similar gesture is used in Germany to call someone out on their bullshit, roughly equivalent to "my ass", while in Italy and Israel the same gesture (minus the tongue sticking out) can either mean "watch out" or "you can't fool me".
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Anime & Manga
- Princess Mashiro does this to a trio of castle guards in the first episode of Mai-Otome, as seen in the image above.
- Ranma and Akane give each other the Red Eye fairly frequently in Ranma ˝. Ranma gave once the Red Eye to Principal Kunō with his big toe, as his arms were tied up.
- Usagi and Rei's relationship in Sailor Moon is largely giving each other red-eye.
- Ryunosuke and Yoshimi give the Red Eye to Arisa and Kyoko at the end of the Beach Episode of All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku.
- Happens at the end of the Haruhi Suzumiya episode "Someday in the Rain" by Haruhi. She also does it on the cover of the sixth novel, and the back of the DVDs in a chibi form.
- In Bubblegum Crisis, Nene Romanova uses her powered-armor's laser to scrawl a picture of someone giving a red-eye on a sidewalk, as a gesture to the military who are tracking her by spy satellite, just before ducking under a bridge to drop off her armor in a truck and walk off as a perfectly normal girl. (This must have shamed said military a great deal, because we never see them again attempt to discover the Knight Sabers' identities this way, despite them not being very subtle about heading to and from their base.)
- A couple times in Ouran High School Host Club Hikaru and Kaoru do this at the same time (in opposite eyes, no less).
- Spotted in Shaman King.
- Ino likes to do this in Naruto. Orochimaru does it once or twice, but with him it's just creepy.
- In Full Metal Panic!!, Kaname does this to Sōsuke when she ditches him (temporarily) at the train station.
- Happens in Pokémon occasionally.
- An Aerodactyl does this to Ash's Charmeleon just before he evolves into Charizard.
- One of the Pichu Brothers does this to Pikachu (and spanks himself) in the short Pikachu and Pichu.
- A Phione does this to Jessie in season 12.
- Team Rocket did this on multiple occasions in season 1.
- At the end of "Clefairy and the Moon Stone," when Ash reads the sign pointing ahead to Cerulean City, he spots a message left for him by Gary. As he reads the message, an image of Gary giving this gesture briefly appears on screen. 4Kids took the image out of the dub, though.
- May does this to Max in "Tree's a Crowd".
- Jessie does it to Ash in the last Best Wishes episode.
- Agito does this to Reinforce Zwei in the ending sequence of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S.
- Mylene gives Basara the Red Eye as she drives away with Basara's Transforming Mecha to have it repaired in an episode of Macross 7.
- Dita gives Jura the Red Eye in an episode of Vandread.
- Viola does this in episode 7 of Kiddy Grade.
- Happens in Dirty Pair occasionally (both in the anime and in the comics by Adam Warren).
- Goku does this a lot as a child in Dragon Ball, as does present Trunks later on.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Vérité episode 7. Yashima Sanae has been insulted by Ryuuka, who insinuates that she's giving up on the expedition. As Mariel and Yashima Sanae walk off hand in hand, Yashima gives this to Ryuuka.
- Squid Girl does this when Goro tells her and Takeru they're not supposed to be sitting in his lifeguard chair.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Jounouchi does this to Yami Malik after he reduces the latter's LP to 0 in the Battle City semifinal match up determining duel.
- Kaitou in Phi Brain Kami No Puzzle tends to perform the act whenever declaring "It's Puzzle Time". See the anime's entry image for the exact gesture.
- Urabe does this in Mysterious Girlfriend X when Tsubaki wants to take her picture, and when she reveals she lied about having a crush on another boy when she was younger.
- In Girls und Panzer, after Erika is walking away from taunting the Oarai team, Saori does this to her.
- In Sonic X, Sonic does this while standing on the arm of one of Eggman's mechs to goad it into hitting itself.
- Happens twice in anime episode 11.
- While the students are facing school discipline, Tatsuki does it to Ichigo after he resents her attempt to get out of being suspended.
- While the students are checking their academic rankings, Keigo does it to Ichigo after discovering Ichigo's high standing and calling him a nerd.
- In anime episode 337, a cartoon image of Captain Mayuri appears on the screen and does this to Kisuke Urahara each time Urahara fails to guess the Squad 12 computer system's password.
- Averted with the Akanbes in Smile Pretty Cure! who have nothing to do with this trope. However, some of them stick out their tongue, though, but they don't pull down their lower eyelid.
- In Kingdom Hearts II, Kairi does this to Axel when she escapes with Pluto into the Dark Realm, leading them both to Twilight Town.
- My Neighbour Totoro sees Kanta occasionally making this gesture at Satsuki.
Films — Live-Action
- Apone does this to Hudson in Aliens "Look into my eyes."
- Achilles does this to Alexander in the live-action Mecha movie Robot Jox
- Shown on the album cover for Yuko Miyamura's first album, Kenka Banchō.
- Mega Man's taunt in any crossover game he's featured in.
- There's an emote for this for The Voiceless cast of the second Snowboard Kids game.
- The pirate Briggs in Golden Sun: The Lost Age, while making off with a nice ship, is chided by his wife into doing what he apparently talked about all the time while in jail — give your party the Red Eye. He was apparently on the verge of chickening out. He's stolen the ship and is well on his way out to sea, and he's almost too scared of Felix for a parting gesture.
- In The King of Fighters XIII, if Kula Diamond (a 14-year-old girl who's also very childish for her age) gets upset during the pre-fight dialogues, she's shown doing this to the person she's talking to.
- In Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Freddi does this at the end of the Dummied Out "Eddie Eats Luther" scene.
- An NPC does this to another NPC in Final Fantasy Tactics during one of the non-combat scenes, and it’s easy to miss if you’re mostly paying attention to the storyline.
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Appeared in the They Might Be Giants "Istanbul (not Constantinople)" video of the music video episode. Considering how the episode was sourced to Tokyo Movie Shinsha, it may have been thrown in by the animators and kept.
- In Teen Titans, when Control Freak has been bested by the Titans East, he cries foul, zaps himself into the TV and departs with this gesture, leaving the Titans East to try and figure out what the hell just happened.