Tareme Eyes

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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.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 

     Other 
  • 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 
  • Many young characters in the Dept. Heaven series have eyes drawn like this, although it's restricted to the very young knights in Knights in the Nightmare (and Pisce).
  • The title character of UmJammer Lammy.
  • The Touhou has Satori Komeiji, whose eyes are extremely droopy; enough to look at least half-closed. In the games, this actually serves to give her more of a bored look than a cute one (Her illustration in the Grimoire of Marisa plays it for cute, though).
  • Crowe Brust from Super Robot Wars Z2.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Miles "Tails" Prower, a friendly and mild-mannered young fox.
    • Cream The Rabbit can be this too. Her polite and gentle nature can win anyone over.
    • Characters like Tikal the Echinda and Maria Robotnik can also be this, as well as Cosmo the Seedrian from Sonic X.
  • Vert, CPU of Leanbox has these to mesh well with her mild-mannered personality, though it's also been said the reason her eyes are like that are due to countless hours on end spent on video games.
  • Most of the girls in Duel Savior Destiny sport these kind of eyes with the obvious exception of Lily.
  • Tales of Xillia: Musee has these, which go well with her cutsey and whimsical personality. Not that this makes her any less dangerous, of course.
  • Cheerful Child Lip of Panel de Pon.
  • Undertale:
    • Sans the skeleton has these eyes, signifying his (usually) passive and inoffensive nature.
    • Toriel, Asgore, and Asriel also have them, and are among the kindest characters in the game.
  • The Squid Sisters from Splatoon are an Idol Singer duo that host a popular news show. The one with tareme eyes is Marie, who is very sarcastic (especially in the North American translations) and is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. The more peppy Callie has Tsurime Eyes.
  • In Ape Escape, monkeys with light blue pants (the shy, nervous ones) have these eyes.

     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.

     Webcomics 

     Western Animation 

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

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