Moe (萌え, occasionally spelled Moé) is a Japanese slang word that has come to be used to mean one particular kind of "adorable", one specific type of "cute", mainly as applied to fictional characters. Most often, it is applied to girl characters who are especially cute and loveable, but also have characteristic weaknesses. The term "moe" can be added onto the end of any personality trait or physical trait to create a new type of moe.
The word is a pun derived from a Japanese word that literally means "budding," as with a plant that is about to flower, and thus it can also be used to mean "budding" as with a preadolescent girl.
Originally, "moe" referred to an attraction or euphoric response to manga, anime, or video game characters.
Moe anthropomorphism (萌え擬人化 moe gijinka) is a form of anthropomorphism where moe qualities are given to non-human beings, objects, concepts, or phenomena.
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