Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

Have you ever wondered what the true meaning of the word Ahegao? Or maybe other words like gesugao, torogao and kuzogao? In this article, we will do a thorough investigation and explanation of the Japanese faces present in the manga and anime that are called ahegao, gesugao and torogao.

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Both words ahegao, gesugao, torogao, kuzogao and others are composed of the ideogram kao / gao [顔] which means face, face, expression, look, semblant and face. In this article, we will focus on the word Ahegao that gave rise to the other terms that define strange facial expressions presented in manga, anime and games.

It is believed that the face, especially the eyes, is the window to the soul and can pass on feelings to the viewers. We even wrote a detail talking about big eyes, but this time we’ll see something a little more obscure that is present mainly in the adult content of anime, manga and doujinshin.

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Ahegao - all about weird faces in manga and anime

What does Ahegao mean?

The word Ahegao [アヘ顔] literally means strange face, where the word Oh yes it is derived from the onomatopoeia aheahe [アヘアヘ] which describes a flushed woman, with wheezing, easily expressing her sexual arousal. The expression ahegao ended up becoming a hentai genre, but it is present in all types of anime and manga.

Ahegao is literally when a woman makes a strange face expressing an intense amount of pleasure during sexual intercourse. However, these strange faces can appear in various situations outside of sexual intercourse. It seems like a strange subject to write about, but it has a huge internet search rate ?.

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This viral phenomenon ends up occurring constantly in anime, manga and even turned memes showing the close-up of a character's face showing lust and orgasm with wide eyes and with tears and running sweat. Most of the time with a crooked and open mouth with the tongue out.

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How did the term Ahegao come about?

This word has been used since the 90s to refer to faces of pleasure of pornographic actresses, even serving as a tag for magazines, videos and websites. This fashion picked up on erotic anime and manga around 2003, showing abnormal faces of orgasm by women who were having unwanted sex.

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Over the years Ahegao has defined itself as a hentai art technique to create orgasmic faces. Things didn't just stop there, these two-way faces can appear in different ways in normal anime and manga, no matter if it's shoujo or shounen.

These weird faces appear in anime such as Danganronpa with the character Touko Fukawa, and even anime idols such as Love Live with the character Honoka Kousaka. The grimace that Yuri de Doki Doki Literature Club does is considered an Ahegao.

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Different types of weird faces

With the art style spreading to other different genres of hentai, the vast majority being fan-arts, several categories started to emerge. See some below:

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Gesugao [ゲス顔] - Literally sordid and deformed face, when a character makes a statistically distorted facial expression in order to represent "evil" and "insanity". This face is not used in sexual or extreme pleasure contexts, except when he discovers true pleasure in evil.

Torogao [トロ顔] - It means hot guy and can carry a light sexual context, a little softer. This grimace represents a person who is melting with pleasure, as in the case of trying a favorite food or being close to a loved one.

Kusogao [クソ顔] - It literally means trash face, these reddish faces represent an intoxicated euphoria, such as a drunk face.

Ahegao - all about weird faces in manga and anime

Ahegao Double Peace - When anime characters send the peace sign and make faces for photos and other situations. This happens a lot in Netorare anime and manga. Even the city mascot of Kanie has already joined this trend.

Ahegaokin [アヘ顔菌] - The fetish of making montages and memes of random characters and fanarts making faces of ahegao. A very popular fetish in Japan and the West, as we wrote in the article: Pantsu and Panchira - The history of panties in Japan.

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What did we learn from Ahegao?

Perhaps you are asking what the purpose of this article is? Our goal is to clarify the meaning of these words gesugao, torogao, kusogao and other faces that are quite common on the internet, in anime and manga. We must not forget that the best face is egao [笑顔] which is simply a smile, they even make memes about it.

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Remembering that this visual resource used in anime and manga is not interesting and beautiful to see in real life. The most interesting thing to note is that as simple as the Japanese language is, it manages to aggregate and create words and expressions for things that until then did not exist.

Knowing about these faces can also help us to detect something of a double meaning in anime and manga that are apparently innocent, but always try to put something sexualized behind the scenes.

Ahegao on social networks

We reached a point where several girls post videos and photos on social networks like TikTok making that face indecent. We don't know if it is because of memes or because they are perverted, but these faces in real life are not as pleasant as in anime.

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Recently a girl named Belle Delphine became famous on the internet for making Ahegao videos on tiktok and making lots of money from donations in exchange for benefits like the girl's own snapchat. THE Belle Delphine generated many controversies receiving only monthly with Patreon.

The most bizarre is to see the amount of followers and collaborators that this Belle Delphine or even other similar girls are making money just from these weird looking faces. Belle Delphine is believed to generate at least $ 15,000 a month with its more than 2,500 sponsors and 2.5 million followers.

The Goularte video talked a little about this, we recommend to see below to understand more. It's amazing how successful Ahegao is, it's no wonder that more than 1 million people search for that term every month.

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