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  • Sailors Saturn and Mercury in Sailor Moon are prototype cases - in fact, there's a theory that the term Moe was originally derived from Saturn's civilian name, Tomoe Hotaru (written as 土萌; even the relevant kanji is the same.) Researchers such as Patrick W. Galbraith and Tamaki Saitō have found that "moe" was first used in 2channel in the 1990s, discussing female characters who were "hybrids of the lolicon (Lolita Complex) and bishoujo (beautiful girl) genres". As this describes exactly Hotaru Tomoe, and coincides with Hotaru Tomoe's height of popularity in 2channel, there is likeliness in the theory that Sailor Moon is the Trope namer.
    • To take away from Hotaru's cuteness is the fact that she has the same last name as an 11th century female war hero who could probably kick Miyamoto Musashi's ass if she wanted to.
    • Chibi-Usa would jump between Moe and Bratty Half-Pint during Sailor Moon R.
  • Moe Sagisawa of the little-known (to westerners) anime Kyoryu Wakusei is another possibility for the trope namer. As in the case of Hotaru Tomoe her name and year of the anime's debut coincide perfectly with the earliest uses of the term.
  • One of the ur-prototypes for the modern type is widely agreed to be Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei Ayanami; exotically beautiful, physically and emotionally vulnerable (even if it isn't obvious at first), in utterly pitiable circumstances once you discover what that is, coolly logical where others are uncertain... and, well, occasionally shown bandaged up. An absolutely staggering amount of what constitutes the modern trope has its origins in Rei, which is particularly hilarious when you consider that the creator was trying to make Rei disturbing. Talk about a miss.
    • Shinji Ikari to a lesser degree and divided opinion.
    • Maya. The way she cringes at even the slightest bit of violence (though technically more of a Woobie trait...) makes her quite Moe.
    • Then there is Misato who is so tough on the outside yet tender in her heart, male fans will feel an irresistible urge to do her laundry, cook for her and hand out hugs on demand.
  • Amelia from The Slayers seems to be another somewhat-prototype for the trope (having been around since before the trope was really identified at large). Although much (much) more go-getting, positive, and active than most modern characters who fall under the banner, she is the youngest of the four cast members, is very naive, possesses a rather impressive chest for her supposed age (14 in the first season!), comes from a fairly chaste background and religious city-state, and is often used as a punching bag by the villains to show how evil they are, which seems intended to produce an extremely sympathetic and protective feeling from the audience. It doesn't seem a coincidence that a larger number of shows like this began airing in the years following Slayers going off the air.
  • The final, iron-clad ur-example for what is identified as the modern trope is Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura. While it's quite arguable that the entire show can be classified as moe, Miss Kinomoto takes the cake, between her clumsiness, her age-based cuteness, her verbal tics, and her city-crushing omni-powers. What makes CCS and Sakura so notable is that the show's run marks the point when the industry noticed what kind of Periphery Demographic Sakura (alongside Rei and Amelia) had, and how much they were willing to spend on her; this was noticed, the money was counted... and the producers began to create works to match. Modern moe shows sprang to life not very long after CCS ended its television run. Sakura was the winner of the 2002 Saimoe Tournament (the first one ever held).
  • Shinobu from Love Hina. Her regular luminescent blushes, and embarrassed stutterings (and that adorable squeal) are enough to melt the coldest of hearts.
  • Ruri from Nadesico may also be a prototype as a young Emotionless Girl and Deadpan Snarker.
  • It's a little surprising that Sasami of Tenchi Muyo! isn't considered a prototype case.
  • Popura Taneshima of WORKING!!! manages to hire a new coworker simply by being adorable.
    Takanashi: That ID and uniform... She's a senior at my high school? And she looks like a 12 year old and acts this cute? Is this even possible?
    Taneshima: *ackshoo*
    Takanashi: It is!
    • Yachiyo and Izumi are this as well. Both are very adorable not in spite of their quirks, but because of them.
  • Milfeulle, Mint, and Vanilla from Galaxy Angel.
  • Marian, from Sei Juushi Bismarck...until it was Macekred into Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.
  • Hinata from Naruto.
    • Naruto and Sasuke when they were kids.
  • Art Evolution has made Tsuna from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Moe enough to become an Uke Memetic Sex God.
    • Chrome Dokuro has always been Moe.
  • 7 year old Son Goten of Dragon Ball Z, despite being a male character in a Shonen series, displays some traits of this trope. He is the happy, sweet, innocent, considerate, well-mannered, kind-hearted, cute and huggable little brother that we all wish we had, who is simply too good to ever be true outside a 1950's sitcom.
    • In Dragonball GT, he becomes a playboy who is nevertheless still chaste and warm hearted.
  • One of the major themes parodied in Ouran High School Host Club, where the Host Club members each cultivate an exaggerated trait/fetish for their female guests, and their self-elected consultant Renge frequently monologues her opinion of what is moe to girls. More satirically, Club President Tamaki views his feelings towards Haruhi as moe (protective and fatherly) even though his classmates realize it's his thick-headed way of dealing with actually being attracted to her despite her not being impressed by him.
    • Haruhi as a whole could be seen as Moe. Despite her general snarky, and apathetic nature she has moe traits. Tamaki, Hikaru, and Kaoru never fail to point out how 'plain' and 'dull' she is treating it as more of an endearing quality rather than an insult. The boys also love to dress her up in all sorts of outfits (granted, most are unisex or male—and Haruhi's not enthusiastic about it). She has few weaknesses with the exception of a Fear of Thunder and is painfully Oblivious to Love. Read chapters 57 and 58 for an unusually Moe Haruhi (she goes back to her normal self a chapter or so later).
    • Haninozuka Mitsukuni is definitely moe. Although he's 18 at the beginning of the series, he still takes afternoon naps, adores sweets, and carries around his precious bunny. Honey could also fit under Badass Adorable considering he is more than capable of taking care of himself.
      • Also Kirimi NEKOZAWA is very moe.
  • Mikuru Asahina from Haruhi Suzumiya is recruited for the S.O.S. Brigade specifically because Haruhi, besides liking this trope very much, decides that there needs to be a moe mascot character (specifically a short, babyfaced girl with huge boobs). She then tries to make Mikuru even more moe by forcing her into a maid outfit and glasses, and constantly molests her to get sympathy points. Some fans have coined the term "Moe-blob" for her (and characters like her), because to a casual watcher, all she actually does in the series is stand around and be moe, and oh yeah, serve tea. She's actually manipulating the plot via Time Travel. It's in the books.
    • Mikuru could arguably be a deconstruction, since she is so obviously traumatized by being forced into the Moe-blob role that you feel like a total bastard to get turned on by it. Either that or she's just faking the whole thing to cynically manipulate everyone on orders from her future self
    • Arguably, by virtue of her being a Rei Ayanami Expy, Yuki Nagato.
      • That doesn't even get started with her role in the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, where she has a I Just Want to Be Normal moment, thus making her at least as moe as Mikuru, if not even more. (and The Woobie as well)
      • The armies of Yuki Nagato fanboys demand her moeness. The doujinshi provide.
      • And in this one. "If a rabbit is lonely, it will die".
      • And this image will make you go Squee!!
    • Another example would be Kyonko? Look for yourselves
    • Also Kyon's sister and Tsuruya. Nyoron?
  • Mai-HiME skewered the concept in a Post Episode Trailer (where a lot of things did indeed "burn") as well as foreshadowing the show's darker themes much later.
  • Can a Humongous Mecha be Moe? Well, if the mecha in question is Dolores from Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i, then yes.
  • One episode of Keroro Gunsou features a one-shot character rife with disjointed moe characteristics: a cute, pale, spacey, soft-spoken, transfer student prone to bad luck who's interested in the occult. When Fuyuki takes a shine to her, his secret admirer Momoka outright describes her as a "retarded moe character."
  • In Lucky Star, when Miyuki talks about how absentminded and clumsy she is, Konata tells her that "these are not faults, but elements of moe". And then deconstructs the dojikko elements by dismissing them as something cute in anime, but annoying in real life.
    • Tsukasa also certainly qualifies as an Adorkable example of this. It also doesn't hurt that she is arguably the show's biggest Woobie. She also made it to the quarterfinals during the 2007 Saimoe Tournament and was also the runner-up of the 2008 Saimoe Tournament.
    • And Yutaka as well. Especially in the dub — her voice actress is Hynden Walch, voice of Starfire and young Nia. The back of DVD volume 4, supposedly Minoru Shirashi's thoughts, has this to say:
    She doesn't attend school too often, she's a bit frail that way but I think that's what I like about her. I just get this feeling like I must protect her! She's so moé!
    • To set the record straight, both Miyuki and Yutaka were outright called "walking moe points" by Konata. And, what's more, the manga called themselves moe-yonkoma— the genre of yonkoma that started with Azumanga Daioh, and hence maybe should be listed below with Hidamari Sketch etc...
    • Kagami was the winner of the 2008 Saimoe Tournament.
    • The cast, really. It's arguably what the series is best known for.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Setsuna is an interesting case, as her friendship with Konoka was essentially a mechanism to show off her moe traits, until it was emphasized into a romantic feeling.
    • The manga series itself is notable. Class 3-1 and their Magic World friends represent most of the moe traits with widespread popularity; the strongest evidence being early notes for the series released as promotional material containing a chart with over 50 traits he thought would be interesting (with each girl seemingly getting about two or three). Robot Girl, Cute Mute, Tsundere, Elegant Gothic Lolita, twin girls, Cute Witch, tomboy, Shrinking Violet bookworm... with Akamatsu-san's frequent Naughty Tentacles, pantsu and Clothing Damage situations.
    • You can't have a page on Moe in anime and manga without mentioning Negi.
    • Even the current Big Bad and his minions have Moe elements. especially Shiori, whose face on the last page of chapter 283 is perhaps one of the most Moe things yet seen in the manga.
    • A one scene wonder
  • Subverted in Welcome to the NHK by creating a character that combines as many moe aspects as possible, with creepy results (though the anime version scales it back enough to actually be moe).
    • The novel version is WORSE. Visualizing it is impossible, however, as the traits contradict!
    • Specifically, she is a childhood friend who is a Meido robot, Ill Girl, an apparition, alien, and a Kitsune.
    • The protagonist Satou would qualify as moe if he wasn't a creepy nerd in his twenties.
      • And Misaki qualifies as fairly moe, too, once her past is revealed.
  • Hiyori Nishiyama is a positively TINY high school student (at 140 cm), shy, adorable and often described as reminiscent of a chick (as in baby bird). She probably rivals Mikuru Asahina. Unlike Chiyo Mihama, she's as old as her fellow class-mates. She also cries a lot and likes to hide in lockers when stressed, upset or cornered.
  • In Seto no Hanayome, a horrific episode of men crossdressing as schoolgirls and catgirls and trying to play off moe stereotypes culminates in San suddenly wearing cat ears — something everyone agrees is incredibly moe (before being sent flying).
  • Much of the show Girls Bravo revolves around this, especially with the main character Miharu, who is completely oblivious to her own attractiveness.
    • Yukinari counts, especially in the episode where he dressed as a girl.
  • Going by the series timeline, glasses-wearing nerd Yomiko Readman should be about thirty years old during R.O.D. the TV. But unlike Nenene, Yomiko looks exactly the same as she did in early stories.
  • Magical Girl Warrior shows aimed at an older male audience, such as Lyrical Nanoha.
    • Nanoha herself became even cuter by having a cute partner, one major reason for the strong Nano/Fate fandom despite its occasional vagueness. When Nanoha is older, the addition of Vivio lets her show off her big sister/motherly traits.
      • Nanoha was the 2005 Anime Saimoe Tournament winner, and Fate was the runner-up of the 2006 tournament, only to lose to Suiseiseki.
    • And don't get me started on Nanoha and Fate's adorable adopted daughter, Vivio, who exists primarily to tug at the heartstrings.
    • To say nothing of Hayate when she was a little girl...
    • Caro is an adorable 10 year old girl with a sad past, a cute relationship with her partner, and after 4 years she still doesn't grow more than a few centimeters at the most. Her first action in Striker(s) is to trip and fall on an escalator for god's sake.
    • Lindy Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • Despite anyone watching the show probably not having a problem with an older lead female, Mizuho's age in Please Teacher! is discretely never mentioned. Adding to the problem is that the plot treats her position as Kei's teacher as being the illicit detail, and not apparently an age gap. She seems to inhabit a magical twenties-something spot that is also somehow young enough to give her a little sister and a first kiss during the show's run. Mizuho's mother is no help, as she REALLY has no problem with Kei being younger...
    • Mizuho is listed as 23 years old on several sites, making her five or eight years older than Kei, depending on whether you use Kei's mental or physical age.
  • Nyu, the innocent split personality of Ax-Crazy Lucy from Elfen Lied. Also, Kisaragi with the bonus of being a Dojikko, despite which she doesn't last very long.
    • Nana and Mayu could've codified the trope if EL had been written early enough, and Kouta is a decent male example.
  • After over 600 chapters, One Piece had little to offer in this department. But lo and behold, the incredibly moe Princess Shirahoshi appeared. She's a socially awkward, well-endowed, Fragile Flower ingenue mermaid who, despite or perhaps because of the fact that she's possibly of comparable size to their ship, is just so darn cute! It helps that in the very first panel where her face is seen, she is crying. Oda, you don't disappoint.
    • Actually Nami was this during the Arlong arc which served as an important part of her Character Development same with Robin during the Water 7 arc and this is both as adults in the present and children in the flashbacks. Obviously afterwards this takes a backseat to the action.
    • And during the Punk Hazard Arc, we have Mocha, quite possibly the sweetest, most adorable little... er, big girl in the series thus far. After finding out how dangerous the "candies" Caesar Clown were feeding her and the other children, she overdosed on the remaining batch to prevent her friends from eating them when they were going through withdrawal. This caused the poor girl to reel over in pain and cough up blood! It's a hard scene to watch. Thankfully, Mocha survives, but seeing a kid this young having to make such a lethal decision will definitely invoke this trope on nearly anyone and she was already very Moe to begin with.
  • The first two seasons of Da Capo feature a character actually named Moe. Given her large breasts, easygoing personality and way of speaking, she is indeed what many would consider moe.
  • The appropriately named Moe Katsuragi in Risky Safety.
  • Every teenaged female character from Hayate the Combat Butler. Hayate himself falls into this during his crossdressing moment(s); so much so that Maria and Nagi feel uncomfortable, and Klaus, unaware it is Hayate, is instantly smitten.
    • As is Tama the pet tiger.
    • And it's not just the teenagers either. Isumi's mom is just as moe as her daughter, and Nagi's late mother looked remarkably like Hayate.
    • Hayate even states (in a side story) that Izumi leads in this function.
  • Subverted in The Daughter of Twenty Faces; main character Chiko first appears to be weak, defenseless, naive and spoiled, but by the end of the first episode we've already learned how clever and perceptive she is and by the sixth episode she can easily hold her own physically against The Dragon of the first narrative arc - and in all her flipping around still manages to avoid any trace of a Zettai Ryouiki. Chiko is the embodiment of what happens when an Action Girl decides to go "the hell with moe".
  • Sakuno Ryuzaki and Tomoka Osakada from The Prince of Tennis.
  • Maylene from Black Butler is clumsy, bespectacled, and blushes easily. She's also a maid. And we love her for it. She's also a crack sniper, but that's just a bonus!. Plenty of extra characters count for this, too, but as for the main/recurring cast, there's:
    • Ciel fits this quite nicely as well. In fact in certain flashback scenes, he's so moe, it's almost obscene.
    • Elizabeth Middleford tries to be this, but the fanbase doesn't view her that way. At least not until her backstory comes in...
    • Finny could be classed as moe as well. What, with having the big green eyes, blond hair that he holds back with clips and an undeniably innocent expression, many people fangirl every time he comes on screen.
    • Snake is described near-perfectly by this page. Shy? Check. Quirky? Check. Socially awkward? Check, check, check.
    • Alois' "little brother," Luka, definitely qualifies in the second anime. He looks like a character popped right out of K-On! and cut their hair short. For that matter, Alois himself showed shades of this towards the end when his I Just Want to Be Loved personality came into full throttle. Especially when he genuinely cried over what's happened thus far.
    • A new female addition is Sieglinde Sullivan. She's a cute, Big Eater who's so helpless she can't even walk by herself due to having bound feet.
  • Played half-seriously, half for laughs in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. In her first appearance, Rei/Blair is a 12-year-old girl who not only fills in the moe charm after being "uncovered" (she had pulled a Sweet Polly Oliver first), but has in her first deck a card named "Maiden In Love", whose monster form is the one of a very moe girl who uses her charm to gain the favor of other monsters and have them fall in love with her... as long as they're males. The moment Judai/Jaden summons a female monster, she snaps the "guys" out of it.
    • The Maiden in Love's effect only activated when she was attacked] Presumably, had Judai attacked with Burstinatrix rather than playing Burst Return and Polymerization, she'd have fallen for the Moe, too.
    • She also fits the mold when she returns in season 3, particularly once hospitalized.
  • Nia Teppelin from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is very, very moe. Actually well used, as she counterweights Yoko's Stripperifficness and Simon's Hot Blood.
    • It doesn't hurt that she seems to be completely fearless. See her interactions with Kittan and Adiane in her first two episodes.
    • Disturbingly: Viral. Sure he's Mr. Fanservice, and sympathetic, but that only really applies after the timeskip (particularly after the Lotus-Eater Machine). Before that he was treated as moe by the Estrogen Brigade because of his Villain Decay. Why fangirls, why?
      • I chalk it up to the scene where he was beat up by Adiane. Not only was he bandaged in a similar style like Rei Ayanami, but he looked very young and vulnerable there.
    • The Guren Gakuenhen manga parodies the concept when Kamina gets a little confused as to what "Moe" is supposed to convey.
      • Probably a pun on "moeru" which could either refer to 萌える ("blooming," and the word that "moe" comes from) or 燃える ("burning").
    • Prior to the timeskip, Simon is also pretty damn moe.
      • Simon can manage moe after the timeskip at times, too.
    • The robe-clad Yoko is ridiculously adorable.
    • Kittan of all people tends to be portrayed as moe in fan works (though that's usually only under certain circumstances).
    • Parallel Works: Kiyal's Magical Time, it is neigh impossible to not go crazy from the sheer amount of moe within those four minutes.
  • Played straight, but taken to goofy extremes, in Penguin Musume Heart, where Sakura goes into fangirl rage over one of her classmates who manages to hit every moe category short of having animal ears.
  • Tessa in Full Metal Panic!, highlighted in the OVA after The Second Raid. She also happens to be an extremely intelligent Captain of an extremely powerful submarine and Special Forces Badasses. Her orders are often phrased as suggestions.
    • Sousuke when he was a kid. Too cute!
  • Tamaki-chan from Bamboo Blade is so moe it hurts.
  • Every single girl in The World God Only Knows has a moe moment at some point (even girl Keima pulls it off. The most promiment ones are Elsie (300-year-old who looks like 14 and acts like 7), Tenri, and Shiori, the librarian
  • Yuko, from ×××HOLiC, has a small monologue on moe in the book xxxHOLiC: Anotherholic:
    "If someone has flaws or defects, but that is exactly what draws you to them, people call it moe. It's different from 'like,' where you're drawn to their good points, their strengths. 'Like' doesn't care for defects or flaws. Moe is the opposite of 'like' or 'dislike'....."
  • Suzuhara Misaki from the manga version of Angelic Layer.
  • Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga from Azumanga Daioh is considered by many to be incredibly moe and cute, though this dips into subjective territory since her main appeal ranges from this to horrific. However, she did make it into the 2002 Saimoe finals.
    • Kaorin is also very moe.
    • Arguably Sakaki. While her appearance lends itself more to the Huge Schoolgirl look, her attitude is pure Moe, especially in the way that her love for cute things being dashed constantly results in people feeling sorry for her.
    • Chiyo-chan is very moe too.
  • Hazumu of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl is a strong example, being prone to bouts of tears. Almost a male example, as we see flashbacks of his childhood, before he became a she. (Gender-swapped by aliens. No, seriously.)
  • Kaiji often gets called moe or even a moeblob, as part of Memetic Mutation. He is both male and not really moe, but the sheer amount of woobieness makes him look moe in the eyes of fans.
    • In fact due to the complete lack of female characters and most of the male characters are more on the manly side. The show is about as un-moe as you can get.
  • In R2 of Code Geass, C.C.descends into this after she loses her memories. She gets better, though.
  • In the episode "The Privileged" (Missing Hearts) of Ghost in the Shell, a cute little girl in the hospital is actually named Moe, according to the script excerpt on the title card.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Crona. Cute, huggable, emotionally vulnerable and a massive woobie. Substantially less so in the manga as the later part of the plot progresses.
    • Marie is older than most examples, but she's quite cute herself.
    • And on the villainous side, Eruka Frog. Her scared squeals and faces, her fidgety demeanor and her incredible adoration for frogs make her pretty cute.
  • Himeko in Kannazuki no Miko. Blonde, clumsy, helpless, and oh so cute.
    • Really, any Kaishaku work is guaranteed to be drowning in moe.
  • Zettai Karen Children: Kaoru loves to see how much moe she can squeeze out of the other girls (she's the one who insisted on pleated skirts for their uniforms), especially when she sees that one of her school friends is not only moe, but dojikko as well. Two other characters love moe anime too, but these Otaku are looked upon as weirdos.
    • However, the series' crown prince of moe is none other than The Children's handler, Minamoto. It's the glasses...and making the girls eat their vegetables.
  • Sakura's mom in Code:Breaker is a true Moe Blob: she's the size of a small child and loooooves playing dress up since she's Sakura's adopted mom, who knows how old she is. There's also Sakura's classmate Nenene, who is also very tiny (yet two years older then Sakura), has glasses, and loves groping Sakura's breasts (she even names them).
  • The flashback in the Black Lagoon episode "Little Soldier Girls" reveals the young Balalaika to have been like this. See for yourself.
  • Aruruw in Utawarerumono. Once she gets to know you, she can actually be rather manipulative.
    • Also that clumsy angel Kamyu.
  • Nel from Bleach, on account of being the most adorable little kid, and she's every bit as adorable in her adult form.
    • Orihime Inoue counts as moe as her big droopy eyes, spacy attitude, and eventual cutie-breaking sometimes overshadow her hotness. Her image song is just adorable.
    • Momo Hinamori just reeks of Moe. Cute and willowy, even her name sounds Moe Moe! Her Zanpakutou Spirit, Tobiume, being the one little girl of the cast, also qualifies big time.
    • Rukia also fits this trope rather nicely as well.
    • Kotetsu Isane, the 4th Squad VC is very possibly the moest of them all in Bleach, and consistently presented as such.
    • Hanatarou Yamada, seventh seat of the 4th squad, is about as moe as a male character can get. When he got a volume cover, it was of him tripping over his own feet.
    • Also, Nemu and Ururu count.
    • Now add Mareyo Omaeda, daughter of Marenoshin and youngest sister of Marechiyo, former and current leiutennants of 2nd division. She's so uber-adorable that she can even get the fans to start liking Marechiyo, arguably the least popular character in the manga, when he stops acting like an arrogant jerk to make her feel better, coz she scared.
  • Cute characters such as Bridget (Guilty Gear), Mizuho (Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru), and Jun Watarase (Happiness!) are often considered moe. The fact they are all guys is incidental.
  • Most, if not all, of the various Gundam series all contain a moeblob (or several). Tiffa Adill of After War Gundam X takes the cake for eliciting "I-wanna-protect-her!" feelings from the audience, thereby being very moe without even trying that hard.
  • Yin of Darker Than Black is like Yuki above another Emotionless Girl character who seems to fall into this both because of mannerisms and woobie characteristics. Amber from the same series is probably a subversion. She looks and behaves most of the time like a very cute and cheerful young girl. However, this is due to the Merlin Sickness caused by her renumeration, and more importantly, her plan involves killing the population of Japan (although she has a somewhat justifiable reason).
  • Izuru Hino from Change 123, with her Tareme Eyes eyes, cheerful smile, and gentle and peaceful nature. Here is her initial appearance. Later we discover that she is actually a Badass Adorable (see here for an example). And that those bunnies which she tended weren't exactly her pets.
  • Allen Walker from D Grayman is a male personification of this, along with being a Adorably Precocious Child. He tends to exude a feeling of innocent cuteness, especially with his wide eyes. A common term used to describe him is "adorable" and "extremely huggable." It also helps that he's the series' woobie.
  • Conan of Detective Conan. This is a case of Older than They Look...
    • Also, Ai and Ayumi. And Ran when she's crying for Shinichi/Jimmy to come home.
  • Train Heartnet from Black Cat, during the time when he got shot with a Lucifer bullet and reverted back to being a kid. Just the whole transformation exudes "Moe Moe" vibes. It's complete with his original clothes falling off of him because they're suddenly too big for him, he blinks innocently several times, and says "eh?" in a very cute, high voice. Later, he's even shown to be forced to wear Eve's dress temporarily, since no one else had clothes that were his size. The epitome of Moe Moe for a young boy.
  • Any work (and I mean any work) done by Koge Donbo. Her series are made of sheer Moe Moe. Di Gi Charat, Pita-Ten, Kamichama Karin... yeah.
  • Used with utmost hilarity and blatancy in Ultimate Girls, where the trope itself figures in the plot and is the source of the heroines' power needed to destroy the Monster Of The Day. It works so well with the cute and shy protagonist Silk, so much that she absolutely positively does not want the job!
  • Rihoko in Witchblade anime is so adorable in the scene where she hugs the table stand when a fat barmaid tries to kick her out.
  • Pino in Ergo Proxy after being infected with the Cogito virus can be the cutest thing.
  • Adorably Precocious Child Shin in Prétear is the youngest member of the Leafe Knights. He had to run from a brigade of school girls.
  • If you don't find the eponymous character from Serial Experiments Lain to be creepy she can be very very Moe.
  • Taiga of Toradora! won first place in the 2009 Saimoe contest. Think of it as the Otaku Moe Olympics.
  • Though this could be said of many characters in Fruits Basket, Kisa is the most straight example.
    • Momiji also counts as a male example. Once you learn his his backstory, you'll want to hug him, too.
  • Mio Akiyama from K-On!. There's a reason why she's the most popular character, although Azu-nyan and Yui aren't far behind.
    • MOE MOE KYUN~!
      • Utterly epic explosion of pink hearts for extra points!!
      • This has unintentionally made some people mistake moé for anything that Tastes Like Diabetes.
    • Ui's Christmas flashback is a prime example of moe. Along with her sister, they can turn this trope Up to Eleven on occasions.
    • And there's Azusa winning Saimoe 2010.
    • For every character in K-On! essentially; they are so full of Moe their eyes are an adorable shade of pink. There isn't even any male recurring characters for crying out loud. The entire show is based on its Moe value.
  • Ichigo of the Nico Nico Douga ONA series On-tama! never fails to have certain characters become extremely infatuated with her because of this.
  • Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden was the 2006 Saimoe winner, and by virtue of being her twin, Souseiseki qualifies as well, albeit in a different way.
    • Sousei was the finalist of the 2005 tournament, only to be beaten by Nanoha.
  • Yui from To Love-Ru. Really.
    • Nearly the entire cast, actually.
  • Most of the male cast in Ookiku Furikabutte. Despite being a sports manga, it's more or less the female-targeted equivalent of a moe show in that there are tons of quirky male characters and has a large female fanbase who...aren't there for the baseball.
  • Young Gilbert in Pandora Hearts is moe (he's the little weenie clutching his head there), but the (cheerfully sadistic) people around him like to create situations that make him even more moe. This is taken to extremes in the first DVD omake.
  • Strike Witches: Little girls with magical abilities that fly around in magic-powered boots to fight extradimensional evil. They grow animal ears and a tail when they use magic. The girls from Fuso (Japan) wear one-piece school bathing suits all the time, some others wear just a jacket and lowleg pantsu.
  • Azmaria seems to fit the bill in Chrono Crusade—in fact, the anime stripped down enough of her importance that moe seemed to be the only reason she was in it. (Disturbingly, she's also one of the characters that's easiest to find hentai of.) For the girls, woobies Chrono and Joshua seem to fit the bill.
  • Fitting the Dysfunction Junction of the series, Kiri Komori of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is very moe, and one of the friendliest, most well-adjusted characters of the series, despite being an extreme agoraphobic.
    • There's also Maria who is moe even to the characters in the show. See the quote above.
  • Komoe-sensei from A Certain Magical Index, doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Bonus points that she looks like a 10-year-old girl.
    • All of the Misakas in general.note 
    • Index herself is quite moe. :3-face, eats a lot, and speaks in such a way that tugs at your heart.
    • Kazari Uiharu from the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun side is probably her series' moe character. Bit clumsy and frequently gets played upon by her friend Ruiko, she has a fair amount of charm that can enamor the audience to her.
  • Satellizer L Bridget from Freezing can pull this off quite well, especially when she has her glasses on.
  • Chihiro Shindou, from ef: a tale of memories is both incredibly moe and very much woobie due to her condition. If one thinks that a girl with brain damage causing severe memory problems and missing one eye couldn't be moe, you'd be very wrong. Contrast this with her twin sister Kei, who is incredibly Tsundere (emphasis on tsun) and doesn't really fit the moe archetype.
  • Kirika from Noir is very moe. She may be a cold-blooded killer, but you still want to hug her.
  • Retasu from Tokyo Mew Mew possesses a few traits that could make her this.
  • Lisa of The Sacred Blacksmith seems to have been put together to embody this trope, the ending theme of the anime only turns it Up to Eleven.
  • Ai Kora has a few straight examples (all the girls in Maeda's harem have their moe moments), but also parodies this in chapter 15, when Maeda's friend and fellow parts-lover Shibusawa becomes obsessed with moe after a trip to a Maid Cafe.
  • Aiko from Is has shades of Moe. She's cute, adorable, a little helpless, sometimes goofy and more than once forgetful.
  • Quite possibly all of the female characters in Kanon are arguably Moe. They all seem to have one quirk or another that just makes them adorable in their own way.
  • The same is true of CLANNAD. Some of them (Like Kotomi) still manage to stand out.
    • Kyou actually lampshades Kotomi's moe-ness in the visual novel:
      Kyou: That girl... how do I say this... she has this aura that seems like a little child, right? Like you can't just leave her alone, or like it kinda tickles your maternal instincts...
  • While we're on the topic of KEY, almost every girl in Air qualifies as this, especially Misuzu.
  • Then there's Little Busters!, where not only are most of the girls very moe (especially Kud, Komari, Rin, and Mio), the protagonist himself has a particularly girly, young-looking face, a kind personality, and an illness that causes him to fall asleep often. The other girls even outright use the term 'moe' for him in one scene in which he is Dragged into Drag and cooed over by them.
  • Assuming you don't hate her guts, C-ko could be considered moe before the term even existed.
  • Kyrie from World Destruction is another male example. He can qualify in both of the manga and game version, but the Moe trait is especially apparent in the anime version.
  • Franken Fran is a very weird kind of moe.
  • Sena of Eyeshield 21 is extremely moe, though whether it's intentional or not is up to interpretation. Nonetheless, in a series composed of manly men with nerves of steel, the main character's small, frail body, big dinner plate eyes, and timid yet strong willed personality make him extremely endearing to the audience.
    • According to the coach of the Ojo White Knights (a stern man in his 60s), men in meido costumes is quite moe. Cue the younger cast demanding Brain Bleach.
  • Various characters in Fairy Tail will qualify here and there, but the grand moe prize goes to Aries.
  • Ooyama, Tenshi/Angel/ Kanade and Shiina from Angel Beats!!.
    • Especially Tenshi. So moe, she joint-dominated the International Saimoe League in 2011 with Misaka Mikoto, went through the entire regular season without losing once, came very close to winning the whole competition altogether, and is, if anything, even more powerful in 2012.
    • Yui definately qualifies, as well as Yusa, Irie and Sekine.
  • Almost all of the main female characters in Rosario+Vampire have shades of this from time to time, and believe it or not, Inner Moka is probably at the top of the moe totem pole, at least in recent chapters. Still, the rest of the cast all have their moments.
    • Fong-Fong is a male example.
  • Misa Amane from Death Note is a pure moe blob. Girlish Pigtails? Check. Elegant Gothic Lolita? Check. Zettai Ryouiki? Check. Girly pouty attitude? Check. Long light colored hair? Check. Yandere? Double check.
  • Ranka from Macross Frontier. She once stopped an uprising by airdropping onto the battlefield and singing. The fighting Zentradi stopped dead.
    • Arguably a deconstruction where, despite her moé points (or because of them), she royally screws up in the last few episodes.
  • Dengaku Man from Bobobo. The little guy is adorable! Sure, he can be rather crazy, but...
  • Toboe of Wolf's Rain. Let's see: adorable, shy, clumsy, quirky, instills the need to hug? Yep, all of the above.
  • This trope is way Older Than They Think with most of the female characters in Osamu Tezuka's Dororo.
  • Lum from Urusei Yatsura is a very early example of moe, like in the first episode when she's crying because she's in love with a jerk who doesn't love her back.
  • Aka Onda of the short-lived animated adaptaion of Rec is an over 18 example.
  • Most of the female charaters in School Rumble are moe.
  • Jacuzzi from Baccano! fits this trope perfectly. He cries a lot, is super cute, and is completely nice to everyone. The Slash: Cloudy to Rainy lampshades this.
    His appeal didn't spring from any sort of trustiness, but instead from the feeling that if left to his own devices he'd probably end up walking off a cliff somehow.
  • Ellis from El Cazador de la Bruja (and to a lesser extent, Nadie) is completely moe. Taco song, anyone?
  • Give Holo from Spice and Wolf an apple, I dare you. As a trickster, she knows how to make good use of her talents. She also has plenty of woobie moments.
    • Nora definitely qualifies as well.
  • Between her large breasts, being a Cool Big Sis, and her Cruel and Unusual Death, Mami also qualifies. She also won the 2011 Anime Saimoe Tournament. There's a reason why her last name is Tomoe...
  • Sammy from Eve No Jikan is incredibly moe. Something about an Emotionless Girl coming out of her shell just tends to have that effect.
  • Akari from ARIA.
  • The Red Dragon named "Rose" from Dragon Crisis! is so incredibly moe. One simply cannot help but want to give her a huge hug every time she says something.
  • Despite being fully grown and decidedly masculine looking men, one of whom is actually in his 30's and has a daughter, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Keith Goodman from Tiger & Bunny are considered very moe — mostly because they are complete dorks.
  • Several characters from Axis Powers Hetalia. Notable examples include Italy (especially when a child), Liechtenstein, Canada, Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, Iceland, and Latvia. Every major character has some of this appeal. It's the franchise best known for moe males.
  • Mikado Ryuugamine from Durarara!! has several fan nicknames, one of which is Moekado. Others include Mootkado and Bosskado, but that doesn't stop him from being adorable.
  • Though she's older than most examples, Miranda Lotto from D.Gray-Man easily qualifies after her makeover. Her insecurity is incredibly cute.
  • Yune of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée is built to pull the heartstrings, and boy does she. She's tiny, always wears fancy kimonos, is occasionally clumsy, is adorably stubborn about being useful, and is emotionally scarred from intense guilt. Despite her overall maturity, her girlishness breaks through sometimes; she just can't see a cat without wanting to pet it!
  • Erio Touwa from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. She's obscenely cute and acts half her age.
  • Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke is definitely this from the audience's perspective. She's incredibly shy and innocent, and a bit of a ditz.
  • Ika, the squid girl protagonist of Ika Musume. She's trying to invade the human world, but isn't taken seriously because she's just too darn cute (childlike, frequently ditzy, clumsy when tentacle-less, etc.) to really be an evil invader...right? Even when she actively attacks people, they usually just think she's goofing around.
  • Melfina of Outlaw Star.
  • Eru Chitanda and Mayaka Ibara from Hyouka.
  • Eucliwood Hellscythe from Kore wa Zombie desu ka? hits several moe points, especially her Blessed with Suck powers that essentially forces her to be The Voiceless.
  • Attack on Titan manages to have it, without ruining the otherwise grim atmosphere of the series.
    • Krista is referred to as the "Goddess" of the 104th, being an Unkempt Beauty and extremely kind. She's so cute even her Ambiguously Bi comrade wants to marry her.
    • Armin is small, blond, often doubts himself when compared to his Badass friends, and voiced by a woman.
    • Bertolt is considered something of a memetic woobie in the fandom, as a result of his meek personality.
  • Momo from Sangatsu No Lion. It's as if her character exists almost solely to exude her childlike charm and provide cute moments for the story.
  • Episode 10 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica reveals that Homura was a shy, bespectacled Ill Girl with Girlish Pigtails before she suffered a round of cutie-breaking caused by a "Groundhog Day" Loop to save her Only Friend, Madoka. As a result, her previous self is often given the Fan Nickname "Moemura".

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