Skip of Innocence
"Riley was supposed to be Mr. Joe Guy. We were gonna do dumb things like hold hands through the daisies going tra-la-la!"A type of walk where the character swings their arms back and forth while skipping. This is a visual cue indicating that the character is young or immature. Characters that walk like this are most likely a Cheerful Child or a Genki Girl. If it is not the character’s default walk it is sign of joyousness. Almost always done exclusively by females. Bonus points for whistling while doing this. Related to Girly Run.
— Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Goodbye Iowa"
- The Smurfs: The Smurfette often does this when she joyfully has a walk in the forest, in various albums of the series.
- The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.
- In the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna skips. This is never mentioned in the books, but it fits her character perfectly.
- Bellatrix also does this briefly in the same movie, right after murdering a named character.
- Buddy does this in Elf.
- In Hogfather, Susan catches Gawain stepping on cracks in the sidewalk in order to provoke child-eating imaginary bears into a fight with Susan, and he claims he was just skipping. Susan retorts "Real children don't go hoppity-skippity unless they're on drugs."
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Tatiana on several occasions, to the delight of her Love Interest who's rather turned on by her innocence.
- Doctor Who: The little girl in "Remembrance of the Daleks" skips around town when she's not plugged into the Dalek battle computer. She's not exactly "innocent", though.
- Lindsey Stirling's dances often include skips and jumps as she plays her violin, grinning.
- AJ does this. She's not innocent.
- Princess Kururu from the Marl Kingdom series does this when she about to sing a song with her best friend.
- Cream the Rabbit walks like this in Sonic Battle.
- Roll does this in Mega Man Powered Up! after saving the day.
- In Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, Yuki Shirogane, the Cheerful Child of this Fighting Game, walks this way during the storyline sequences.
- Laura from Silent Hill 2.
- Gwen in presearing of Guild Wars.
- One of Misa Amane's supports in Jump Ultimate Stars has her doing this. If an opponent attacks her, Rem appears and inflicts the death timer effect on them.
- A rare male example is Ebisumaru from Ganbare Goemon. Some games (The Super Famicom ones mainly) have him skipping as a walking animation.
- Darkstalkers B.B. Hood does this for her forward movement, however she is anything but innocent.
- Annie from League of Legends moves like this. She certainly seems innocent enough- and to be fair, she probably doesn't really see the harm in introducing you to her bear Tibbers if you get in her way.
- In The Sims, children can do this. Some Sims can do it in adulthood if they have enough playful points. Oddly enough, they do it with a very stoic face.
- Pinocchio does this in the video games of the movie.
- Proof that you can make this terrifying: the Pyro does this in the "Meet The Pyro" video for Team Fortress 2 as it cavorts through the candy-colored wonderland it sees the battlefield being. The sheer contrast of this with its murderous activities is nightmarish.
- Janice from Chrono Cross has this as her running animation.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Pie's usual gait is the quadrupedal version of this trope: pronking (hopping up and down with all four legs) around with small *sproing* sound effects.
- Charlotte from Making Fiends. Only in the TV show.