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"Riley was supposed to be Mr. Joe Guy. We were gonna do dumb things like hold hands through the daisies going tra-la-la!"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Goodbye Iowa"
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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 innocent. That is, they are carefree, young and/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 then it is sign of joyousness. It is almost always done exclusively by females because Females Are More Innocent (and it is kind of effeminate to begin with). Bonus points for whistling while doing this.

Related to Girly Run.


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Anime & Manga

Comic Books

  • The Smurfs: The Smurfette often does this when she joyfully has a walk in the forest, in various albums of the series.

Film

Literature

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Live-Action Television

  • 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, but she appears to be, which is the point
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals" Guinan's reaction to being turned into a little girl due to a transporter malfunction is to skip merrily down the corridor.

Music

  • Lindsey Stirling's dances often include skips and jumps as she plays her violin, grinning.

Professional Wrestling . Video Games

  • Jump Super Stars: One of Misa Amane's supports in Jump Ultimate Stars has her doing this. If an opponent attacks her, the innocent gesture summons Rem who inflicts the death timer effect on them.
  • 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.
  • Dragunov from Tekken of all people has this as his 7 winpose and he hums a little ditty to go along with it.

Web Video

  • YourMovieSucks.org: Adam lampshades this trope in his review of Cool Cat Saves the Kids.
    Adam: ♫ I'm a child and I like to skip, I don't walk normally because I'm a child! ♫
Western 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.

Real Life

  • In his book Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck commented on this trope when he saw Ruby Bridges, a young black girl going to integrate a formerly all-white public school all by herself in 1960 while surrounded by jeering white crowds.
    The big marshals stood her on the curb and a jangle of jeering shrieks went up from behind the barricades. The little girl did not look at the howling crowd but from the side the whites of her eyes showed like those of a frightened fawn. The men turned her around like a doll, and then the strange procession moved up the broad walk toward the school, and the child was even more a mite because the men were so big. Then the girl made a curious hop, and I think I know what it was. I think in her whole life she had not gone ten steps without skipping, but now in the middle of her first skip the weight bore her down and her little round feet took measured, reluctant steps between the tall guards. Slowly they climbed the steps and entered the school.


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