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A charm point (Japanese: チャームポイント) is a coveted and well-tended accessory of a character (often a flaw) that makes them attractive or at least interesting to other characters, if only in their own head. This can be anything: a well-groomed mustache, a bizarre body part, a favorite hat, a personality trait, or a bow tie. For maximum humor, the actual draw of the thing in question may be completely non-intuitive to the audience, but make perfect sense to whatever minor passerby appears on the show.


At some point in the story, the character may lose it (or someone else does) and rapidly become inept or clumsy at whatever they usually did with ease, while everyone would notice something is 'off' about him. Thus the thing takes on a Magic Feather effect, even when they're reassured by the cast that it shouldn't make any difference. Whether or not they learn an Aesop about it has no effect in their immediately retaking it once it's accessible again.

May overlap with Glasses Are Sexy, Speech-Impeded Love Interest, and Cute Mute.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The protagonist of Ai Kora has an entire collection of these, in that each of his roommates has part of them that he sees as the feminine ideal (eyes, legs, breasts, voice, etc.).
  • In Baccano!, Lua Klein's hollow, empty laugh and lonely, dull facial expression are considered to be a Charm Point by her fiancé, Ladd Russo.
  • In an episode of Lupin III: Part II, Jigen becomes unable to shoot straight after losing his hat. He tends to wear it rather low, and later it's explained that the trademark notch in the brim is how he usually lines up his shots.
  • In Chapter 5 of Monster Musume The monster girls currently living with Kimihito all ask what he finds most attractive in a woman while emphasizing their best features; Mia has her hips, Centorea her breasts, and Papi her backside. Kimihito shocks them all by revealing himself to be a leg man.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • One episode has Giroro becoming clumsy and a lousy shot after having his trademark belt stolen. Likewise, he loses a sumo match with alien rodents by not being allowed to wear it. Later we find out it's also because he keeps a picture of Natsumi in it.
    • In one chapter of the manga, we find Keroro's "Keron Star" emblem bestows great charisma on the wearer, which is almost completely nullified by Keroro's abrasive personality. Hilarity Ensues when Giroro's pet cat steals the star and becomes the new platoon leader.
  • Mori from Ouran High School Host Club is an odd case since his Charm Point is another character. When the club tries to instruct a delinquent that a Charm Point can work wonders for one's image, they bluntly point out that without Hani around people would see Mori as just a huge scary thug who barely talks, much to the latter's distress.
  • Detective School Q, Kazuma Narusawa claims at the beginning that he can't keep his thoughts straight unless he's wearing his lucky hat. He grows out of it later, as his self-confidence grows.
  • Atobe of The Prince of Tennis has a beauty mark on his face that he refers to as his Charm Point. His voice actor even recorded a song about it.
  • Of course, there's Major Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist who, believing that his (admittedly stunning) physique is desired by everyone, will take any opportunity to show it to anyone, including Scar in the middle of a battle. Scar was not amused, and neither were any of the soldiers there, or Ed at a later date.
  • In the Hunter × Hunter databook, Shizuku's big eyeglasses are stated to be, in no uncertain katakana, a "CHA~MU POINTO" of hers. She's probably unaware of it, though.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi Asuna's bells were referred to as her charm point.
  • In Sketchbook, Kuma states his compact features as his charm point.
  • Mentioned by name in Cardcaptor Sakura, when Kero-chan is describing Sakura's latest costume.
  • In a Haruhi-chan story, Haruhi gets her iconic ribbon thingies stolen by a crow. She spends the following day severely depressed.
  • In Lucky Star, Konata sees Miyuki's Genius Ditz traits as this, explicitly referring to them as "moe points".
  • Played for Laughs in Bleach when Hiyori insists her "snaggletooth" is her charm point, even when Shinji vehemently disagrees.
  • Also Played for Laughs in the first chapter/episode of Ace of the Diamond. When Sawamura visits Seidou High for the first time, he spots a fat player named Azuma insulting the pitcher who's helping him train. Sawamura then draws his ire by making fun of his huge belly. Azuma responds by saying "Who Dares? to make fun of my charm point?!"

    Comic Strip 
  • In Crock, a comic strip about a misfit crew of French Foreign Legionaires in a desert, the narcistic Preppie is proud of his prominent dimpled chin to the point of self-love. In one particular sequence, bandits were able to get him talking after threatening to iron his chin flat.

    Fan Works 
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku's spit curl is apparently the most interesting part about his appearance. He's frequently called "Spitcurl" when people don't know his name and it's the first thing that people tend to remember about him.

  • Bond in Dr. No sees Honey Ryder's broken nose as this, and secretly hopes that she won't get surgery to fix it as she plans to.
  • In Numero Zero, Maia Fresia has many childlike mannerisms and a penchant for saying things that randomly pop into her head, out of context. One of her colleagues speculates that she has a mild form of autism; the protagonist says that he was "finding her autism, if that's what it was, more and more delightful".

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of Columbo, the title character's wife throws away his trademark rumpled raincoat and buys him a new one. To his dismay, he can't concentrate while wearing the new coat and keeps leaving it behind at scenes. In the end, he apparently convinces the missus to let him have his old coat back.
  • Seinfeld actually had a story arc about Kramer's attempt to retrieve a jacket that supposedly had magical powers over women.
  • Cheers had Sam's "lucky beercap," from the last bottle of beer he drank before he went on the wagon. He loaned it out and the person lost it, and he became klutzy and despondent.
  • In a seventh season episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a football player has a letterman's jacket that makes him irresistible to girls. Hilarity Ensues.
  • When Puck loses his mohawk on Glee, he immediately goes from coolest guy in the school to total loser.

  • As part of Band-Maid's maid waitress gimmick, the members have charm points: Mikku's a hyper-active old pigeon, Saiki claims to have none but she's the band's tsundere, Kanami has big eyes and a crush on Saiki, Misa loves her liquor and Akane loves to eat. This gets played up at the bar scene in the video for Don't you tell ME.

    Video Games 

  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, sufficiently large mustaches grant the wearer incredible powers of command. Specifically, mustaches sprouted through sheer force of will.
  • In the Hiimdaisy comic of the Persona series, the narrator stated this in Yukiko's laughing fit, though it's unclear which one is the charm point, the laughing fit or the one thing they mentioned.
    Shut up. It's an endearing character trait.

    Western Animation 
  • An episode of Rocket Power centers around Twister losing his cap, then claiming that it made him who he was. Just as he grew to accept the fact that he didn't need it, the cap came back.
  • Does luck count as an example? Because in Extreme Ghostbusters, Garrett "loses" his "luck" owing to a curse placed on him by a leprechaun. Not long after, things start to go wrong. Including Garrett nearly being beaned by a falling brick. And breaking the back window of the Ecto-1. And accidentally breaking a flask of phlebotinum that Egon was working on. Worse still, the other Busters (apart from Egon) were buying into the bad luck thing, with Garrett eventually beginning to agree. So, Egon gives him a flask of phlebotinum "by-product" to drink which should restore his luck — and after drinking it, Garrett appears to have his "luck" back. Egon's "by-product" was actually flat grape soda. Oh, the joys of psychology!
  • Chuckie's bright red hair on Rugrats. When his hair gets accidentally dyed black, people suddenly stop noticing him. At first, Chuckie wanted to lose his hair due to it bringing him unwanted attention, but then he realized that he missed being, well, himself.
  • Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender believes this about his boomerang, and as such is crestfallen when he loses it, and spends the whole episode trying to find a new "thing". As in many other examples, he comes to accept it by the end of the episode, then gets the boomerang back.
  • Chowder loses his hat, and goes through a Chain of Deals to get it back.
  • Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic got a mustache from a spell Twilight Sparkle was practicing, felt confident and attractive with it on, and felt horrible when she removed it.