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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"

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.



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.


  • 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 Cloud Cuckoolander character perfectly.
    • Bellatrix also does this briefly in the same movie, right after murdering a named character. She happens to be a sadist, so this is a inversion.



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.


  • 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

  • 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.


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