Tuesday, December 31, 2019

tehe pero てへぺろ

In Japanese, tehe pero てへぺろ is a silly pose that basically means "oops!"

There are many variations of the pose, but it's generally used when a character cute girl does something wrong, a mischief, so they giggle a "tee hee" and put their "tongues" out in a silly expression.

This gesture is often accompanied by placing one hand behind the head, like to say sorry, or using the hand to strike a pose, like with a peace sign, with one eye close, as if they're about to take a photo or something like that.

Lilith リリス striking a  tehe pero てへぺろ pose.
Anime: Machikado Mazoku まちカドまぞく (Episode 8)

It's also spelled terepero テヘペロ, tehe pero with star てへぺろ☆, and, in English, "teehee pero."


The silly pose is mostly used by girls in anime. Because it doesn't matter if you mess up, so long as you're cute, it will all be forgiven.

The pose itself either means "oopsie" or "I'm a dummy." In either case, the character isn't really apologizing for what they've done, so most of the time doing the pose will just piss off whoever was inconvenienced by their blunder.

In some cases, guys do the pose too, but it often doesn't yield the same results.

The siblings Hikigaya Komachi  比企谷小町 and Hikigaya Hachiman 比企谷八幡 striking a tehe pero てへぺろ pose.
Anime: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 (Episode 4)
  • Hachiman's sister was able to escape doing the tehe pero.
  • Hachiman himself, however, wasn't as successful.


For reference, some other examples of tehe pero:

Vignette ヴィネット striking a tehe pero てへぺろ pose
Anime: Gabriel DropOut, ガヴリールドロップアウト (Episode 9)

Tatsumi Koutarou 巽幸太郎 striking a tehe pero てへぺろ pose.
Anime: Zombieland Saga, ゾンビランドサガ (Episode 5)

Vanstein Carmilla ヴァンシュタイン・カーミラ, example of tehepero てへぺろ.
Anime: Hataage! Kemono Michi 旗揚!!けものみち (Episode 3)

Kanzaki Hideri 神崎ひでり, example of tehe pero てへぺろ.
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 8)


As emoji 絵文字:
  • てへぺろ(・ω<)
  • てへぺろ☆(・ω<)


The word tehe pero is literally tehe テヘ, "tee hee," the giggle, and pero ペロ means either *lick* (phenomime) or "tongue."
  • peropero
    *lick lick.* *licking.* (reduplication.)
  • pero wo dasu
    To put [your] tongue out.

In other words, the term is literally what is: a tee hee and sticking your tongue out. Even though, sometimes, the pose doesn't even include sticking your tongue out.


This tehe pero thing was originally created as a gag by actress Hikasa Youko 日笠陽子, it first appeared in the 7th episode of the radio program Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five おどろき戦隊モモノキファイブ , which was broadcast in 2009-05-21.[てへぺろ☆ - dic.nicovideo.jp, accessed 2019-12-29]

Naturally, since it started in a radio program, you couldn't actually see what the pose looked like. Hence why the name of the pose is literally "teehee lick." The actress literally said tehepero out loud in the episode. Only later would people see what it actually looked like.

女子中高生の流行語てへぺろ おはようございます声優の日笠陽子です! 声優日笠陽子さん 「てへ」と「ぺろ」を合わせて「てへぺろ」というのを自分の中で言葉を作って ラジオで初めて使ったのをきっかけに声優仲間の皆が使い始めて そこから一般の方に広まるとは想像していなかった てへぺろ!!
TV Program: Hanamaru Market はなまるマーケット
  • joshi chuukousei no ryuukougo tehepero
    A slang [among] middle and high school girls: tehepero.
  • ohayou gozaimasu seiyuu no Hisaka Youko desu!
    Good morning, [I] am the voice actress Hisaka Youko.
  • Seiyuu Hisaka Youko-san
    Voice actress Hisaka Youko-san.
  • {"tehe" to "pero" wo awasete "tehepero" toiu} no wo jibun no naka de kotoba wo tsukutte
    [I] made up in my mind a word {combining "tehe" and "pero" into "tehepero"}.
  • {rajio de hajimete tsukatta} no wo kikkake ni seiyuu nakama no minna ga tsukai-hajimete
    After {[I] used [it] for the first time in the radio}, the [other] voice actresses started using [it].
  • {soko kara ippan no kata ni hiromaru} towa souzou shite-inakatta
    [I] hadn't imagined that {from there, [it] would spread to normal people}.
    • ippanjin
      General populace. Common person. Especially someone unrelated to specific situation.
    • kata

      Person. (polite.)
  • tehepero!!
    • Reminder: 2D > 3D.

She voiced Akiyama Mio 秋山澪 in the anime K-On! (2009).

And the anime did feature the pose, which probably helped it become a trope in anime.

Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯 and Yamanaka Sawako 山中さわ子 striking a tehe pero てへぺろ pose.
Anime: K-On!, Keion! けいおん! (Episode 5)

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