aka: Manic Pixie Dream Girl Stare
They just baked your rabbit into that waffle.
It was delicious.
So you're a male loner in high school, and you've been single for such a long time that you can only imagine a sweet Moe
girl (of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
bent, of course), could save you from loneliness. Now you intend to draw her.
Well, we know what you think. There's no denying that this is your first basic idea of what she will look like:
- she is going to cheer you up → smile
- improve on your social skills → open mouth
- be interested in you → wide-open eyes
That's why this vaguely coquettish facial expression is now worn by almost every female character in moe
series and has become ubiquitous in series' promotional materials.
The next facial expression you will draw is going to be the Moe Squint, because she is full of wacky quirks and idiosyncrasies
If you are looking for those other "Moe Stares" played for sympathy, see Tareme Eyes
or Puppy-Dog Eyes
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Anime and Manga
- Pictured on your right are Saga and Sugar of A Little Snow Fairy Sugar.
- Bottle Fairy
- Moon Phase
- Aoi House from beginning to end
- In Yugi Oh GX, the Maiden In Love.
- The pic that used to be on◊ Late-Arrival Spoiler, taken from a Lyrical Nanoha cover of Megami a magazine that specializes in Moe series.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: The titular Haruhi can send people some confidence and energy by concentrating her essence and zapping it into people by staring at them. Or at least creep them out by trying.
- Also from Haruhi, this◊ external link on Rapunzel Hair.
- Basically every picture of Tohru from Fruits Basket outside when she's suffering actual physical harm.
- Azumanga Daioh: This is also the default expression of one Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga. Though it's more to show that she's a happy-go-lucky Cloud Cuckoo Lander than anything else. It starts becoming slightly creepy to see Osaka carry this expression while spacing out, and turns into out-and-out nightmarish when she stands over Yukari-sensei while brandishing a kitchen knife and smiling blankly... To illustrate....◊
- This crops up a lot in Mahou Sensei Negima!, especially early on, and especially involving Konoka or Sayo.
- In the Negima Neo spinoff manga, everyone has this expression, all the time.
- Mirai Nikki: A favorite expression of Yuno Gasai, which in her capable hands becomes rather disturbing. In fact, it's the page image◊ for Yandere.
- My Girlfriend Is the President brings us Gender Flipped Putin, looking moe.
- Mostly anything that's animated by Kyoto Animation.
- This promo image for Noragami. Oddly provocative pose, complete with standard moe-face.
- Almost every girl throughout the OP for Morita-san Wa Mukuchi. One does it while riding a bike, not looking where she's going.
- In the anime of Joshiraku, this trope gets dangerously close to overkill when all five girls do it during the opening credits simultaneously ("Jooooh!").
- Expectedly shows up in Axis Powers Hetalia. Studio DEEN's Animated Adaptation exaggerates it to notorious extremes of◊ Uncanny Valley. (At least before Art Evolution)
- All of the covers and ads for the Yogi Bear movie have had the eponymous bear and Boo-Boo wearing this expression, though it doesn't come across as cute so much as vapid.
- Dubois's wife in The Boondocks has this as her default expression.
- This is also the default expression for Cornchip Girl in Recess.
- T.J. uses this trope in "A Great State Fair" in order for Gretchen to help him.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic ...Fluttershy, anyone?
- All of the main 6 ponies have this facial expression at some point or another, as the series' page image◊ proves.