Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kabedon 壁ドン

A kabedon is when a character leans against a wall, normally to talk with someone face-to-face, up-close, in a very intimidating and/or flirting way. More literally, a kabe-don 壁ドン happens when someone puts their hand, arm, elbow, or even legs on a "wall," kabe 壁, with enough force to make a sound of impact, DON! ドン!

An example of kabedon 壁ドン between two guys from the manga Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii ヲタクに恋は難しい


As far as the trope goes, the kabedon is the weapon of choice of popular-with-girls characters. It's not limited to just manga and anime, but also to series with real people and even Real Life™. Some even consider the kabedon a romantic way to flirt.

Due to its enormous popularity an recognition worldwide in fiction and reality, the kabedon is also commonly featured sarcastically in parodies, jokes, memes, and something that's probably a mix of these three things at once.

Popuko from the anime Pop Team Epic asking for a kabedon

On the flip side, the kabedon is also the weapon of choice of characters that are not popular with girls, specially gang members, etc. to approach whoever they lay their eyes upon in what you'd imagine they'd imagine is the manliest most badass way of approaching somebody.

As one would expect, when the guy doing the kabedon is ugly, it looks lame, and when he looks violent, it looks menacing. So whether the kabedon is effective or not has nothing to do with the kabedon itself, it depends entirely on who is using it.

Kabedon Between Guys

It's important to reaffirm that kabedon isn't used exclusively in a flirting attempt by guys trying to get girls. It's also used in a totally not flirting way by bully characters who want to literally pin down their weak-willed victims against the wall to steal their lunch money or whatever.

Basically, if it's a guy and a girl doing it, it's flirting, and if it's two guys, it's threatening. Super simple stuff.

However, some people (fujoshi) might get mixed signals somehow and mistake an obviously threatening kabedon between two guys who hate each-other's guts with some sort of sexual-tension-powered kabedon meant to fuel their fangirling fantasies.

Types of Kabedon

The term kabedon is rather generic. It doesn't even need an actual wall. A vehicle, pillar, etc. also suffices for a kabedon. The point of the move is just that there's a surface and there's a DON! So it's no wonder it has happened so many times people ended up naming a number of its multiple variations.

And here they are, for reference.

(in the examples below, the "guy" is hitting on the "girl.")

Basic Kabedon

The most basic kabedon is just the guy placing one hand against the wall.

Example: 壁にゃん

Tekubidon 手首ドン

A "wrist," tekubi 手首, don ドン.

A kabedon where the guy's wrist is pressed against the wall, as opposed to just his palm or fist.

Hijidon 肘ドン

An "elbow," hiji 肘, don ドン.

A kabedon where the guy's elbow is against the wall.

Ryoute-kabedon 両手壁ドン

A "both hands," ryoute 両手, kabedon 壁ドン. Also called ryoutedon 両手ドン.

A kabedon where the guy places both of his hands on the wall, as opposed to just a single one.

Matadon 股ドン

A "crotch," mata 股, don ドン.

A kabedon where the guy's knee is placed between between the girls legs (under her crotch).

Ashidon 足ドン

A "foot," ashi 足, don ドン.

A kabedon where the guy places his foot against the wall.

Example: 質問

Yukadon 床ドン

A "floor," yuka 床, don ドン.

A yukadon is the same thing as a kabedon, but the girl is against the floor, not against a wall.

Semidon 蝉ドン

A "cicada," semi 蝉, don ドン. Also written semidon セミドン.

This one isn't serious (I hope...?!), and is mostly a meme where the guy has the girl cornered in a corner of the room, with two walls around her, and he places all of his four limbs on the walls all at once. It's like a kabedon on steroids. Tetra-kabedon.

Example: どーん

Kamidon 髪ドン

A "hair," kami 髪, don ドン.

There is a point where we needed to stop and we have clearly passed it, but let's keep going and see what happens.

Other Moves

Of course, the complex world of romantic gestures isn't limited to banging your apparently demon-possessed hair to the wall in order to make your love-interest cry, piss and shit his pants all at once fall in love with you.

For further reference, see this Pixiv illustration containing other moves: ❤萌えシチュ40奥義❤


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  1. I just realized this stuff is more reflective of the individual artists than the culture. Sounds obvious, but it's too easy to look at something from Japan, and then judge Japan instead of the creator. This romantic don stuff wouldn't even work in the West, let alone the non-confrontational culture of Japan.

    I doubt there's any authentic amateur footage of it failing in real life. It's too easy to interpret it as a crime, which I'm confident it is in my country lol