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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 young 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 it is sign of joyousness. Almost always done exclusively by females. 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

  • The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.
  • In the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna skips. This is never mentioned in the books, but it fits her character perfectly.
    • Bellatrix also does this briefly in the same movie, right after murdering a named character.
  • Buddy does this in Elf.

Literature

  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Tatiana on several occasions, to the delight of her Love Interest who's rather turned on by her innocence.

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.
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  • 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

  • AJ does this. She's not innocent.
. Video Games
  • Princess Kururu from the Marl Kingdom series does this when she about to sing a song with her best friend.
  • Cream the Rabbit walks like this in Sonic Battle.
  • Tiny Kong walks and runs like this in Donkey Kong 64, but she does not do it while she tiptoes.
  • This is Princess Peach's walk cycle in the Super Smash Bros. games since Brawl.
  • Roll does this in Mega Man Powered Up! after saving the day.
  • In Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, Yuki Shirogane, the Cheerful Child of this Fighting Game, walks this way during the storyline sequences.
  • Laura from Silent Hill 2.
  • Gwen in presearing of Guild Wars.
  • One of Misa Amane's supports in Jump Ultimate Stars has her doing this. If an opponent attacks her, Rem appears and inflicts the death timer effect on them.
  • A rare male example is Ebisumaru from Ganbare Goemon. Some games (The Super Famicom ones mainly) have him skipping as a walking animation.
  • Darkstalkers B.B. Hood does this for her forward movement, however she is anything but innocent.
  • Annie from League of Legends moves like this. She certainly seems innocent enough- and to be fair, she probably doesn't really see the harm in introducing you to her bear Tibbers if you get in her way.
  • In The Sims, children can do this. Some Sims can do it in adulthood if they have enough playful points. Oddly enough, they do it with a very stoic face.
  • Pinocchio does this in the video games of the movie.
  • 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.
  • Janice from Chrono Cross has this as her running animation.
  • 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.
  • Charlotte from Making Fiends. Only in the TV show.


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