Tareme Eyes


A style in anime and manga of drawing eyes where they droop or sag at the corners. Typically, a Moe character will have those definitive, sympathy-magnet Puppy-Dog Eyes. It generally represents a kind, quiet, sad, fragile or otherwise soft person. Only really notable if there are more than a handful of characters that are drawn without them.

This does not, however, mean that Tareme Eyes are Always Lawful Good Eyes. In real life, eyes visually take a downward droop when someone is looking down on you, and looking calm in a tense situation is an affirmatively Badass, and/or Insane trait.

Note that the "me" in "tareme" actually means "eyes" in Japanese. We just enjoy being redundant.

Its opposite is Tsurime Eyes.

If a character normally has Tareme and switches to Tsurime it might signal a change in temperament, personality switch, or a Beware the Nice Ones moment.


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     Anime and Manga 

  • Christopher Hart shows us how not to do this with his character Ariel.[1]
  • Leiline sports a variant
  • The Muppets:
    • Rowlf the Dog. He's kind, quiet, calm, soft, easygoing and has moments when he cries in a handkerchief.
    • Also Kermit the Frog.
  • The late Pink Floyd keyboardist, Rick Wright, had these.
  • 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has these.

     Video Games 

     Visual Novels 
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Eva Ushiromiya's tarime eyes are apparent in most of her expressions, moreso in the original graphics than the updated PS3 versions, yet she displays the associated personality traits mildly if ever at all, and her smirking and glaring expressions give her an instantly formidable presence. More oddly her witch alter-ego, who should be identical to her at a younger age, has a markedly tsurime cant to her eyes.
  • Yumina The Ethereal: Maino, Jinbu Academy's resident Cute Bookworm, has these.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Rena, Hanyuu, Rika, and Satoshi have tareme eyes. They're all very sweet and nice, though Rena is prone to the Hate Plague that makes people paranoid and violent while Satoshi has been missing for a while after he killed his abusive aunt.
    • Miyo has the adult (i.e. smaller) variety, which gives her a somewhat spaced out expression. Hence the name "Droopy-tan." Miyo is the villain, though she used to be sweeter as a child until being put into an Orphanage of Fear and eventually becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist when she grew up.


     Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Droopy Eyes, Downward Angled Eyes, Tareme