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A common pose for young ladies to show they are interested in someone, but in a subtle way rather than being overly seductive. This is Truth in Television, which makes it a good characterization visual in fiction.

The common form is to hold her arms behind her back (which by itself is a common pose for shy girls, and it's the key here to making her not look too forthcoming) and tilt her head coyly, while leaning towards, or walking towards, the person she's interested in. Bonus points if she is standing just a bit off angle.

Should also be noted that what the girl is wearing doesn't matter. It's how she carries herself. She could wear Dominatrix gear and still pull off this trope.

Compare Rebel Relaxation, Ready for Lovemaking (the very up-front Sister Trope), Pec Flex (a more direct male version), Over-the-Shoulder Pose, Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date.

Contrast All Women Are Prudes, The Ingenue.

Examples of Coy Girlish Flirt Pose include:

Anime and Manga

  • Pictured above: A Neon Genesis Evangelion illustration has Asuka pulling this pose.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima does this with Chisame in Episode 11 (fast-forward to around five minutes, then onwards). Bonus points for acting as an internet personality (Chiu Chiu), dressing up like something out The Wizard of Oz, and changing her voice.
  • Hinagiku Katsura of Hayate the Combat Butler does this pose quite a bit in the manga up to and after she is aware of her feelings for Hayate, somewhat notable in that she does little variations sometimes such as adding a spin when she's in a good mood.
  • The girls in Wedding Peach occasionally do this when flirting with Yanagiba.
  • Miki from the anime THE iDOLM@STER pulls this on the Producer from time to time.

Comic Books

  • In Identity Crisis, during a flashback of Ralph Dibny meeting his future wife Sue for the first time, Sue does this pose while talking to him for the first time.


  • Smurfette does this in a poster for the live-action Smurfs movie.

Live-Action TV

Video Games

Western Animation