GAR = ??

Thanks to some heated discussions on my Onegai Twins post, which culminated in to sagematt’s suggestion to collect input on how such such “neologisms” should be defined.

For now, I’d like to have some input on what neologisms shall be included in the list and their meaning. I welcome input from all my visitors and please post constructive input and refrain from flame wars, mmkay?

Current list of neologisms:

* Trap
* reverse trap
* GARmoe
* moeblob


  1. quigonkenny Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    Well, Trap is going to be easy enough — just point to an AoMM OtoBoku post. But I’m curious myself as to what GAR means… As for others, I’m usually pretty good at picking up on context, so I can’t think of any, but if I do, I’ll comment back.

  2. sagematt Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Damn, I’m gonna be away for the remainder of the week, I can’t really post my whole thoughts on this ATM. I’ll make sure to comment as soon as I get back home.

    ps. Add “reverse trap”, “GARmoe”, “moe blob”, “QUALITY”…

  3. Sakura Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 2:45 am

    I read that GAR goes back to a post some 2chan user made in reference to his admiration of Archer in Fate Stay Night. He wanted to say that Archer was so awesome that “Im so gay for him” but instead he mistyped “Im so gar for him”. So basically gar refers to a character that’s really damn manly and cool.

  4. Uzumaki Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 3:07 am

    Gar is basically the opposite of moe. It’s someone so manly, even the very macho would submit to them. Like moe, either gender can be gar.

    “Garmoe” is obviously those two words combined and manifests as a cutesy character who is also a badass.

    Since a trap is a boy who makes a very convincing girl, and as such is okay to fap to, a reverse trap is a girl who makes a very convincing boy, and is also okay to fap to.

    A “moe blob” is a character who exists solely to incite a moe feeling in someone who sees them. Most eroge girls are moe blobs. I would say that a character who has at least some point besides being cute and sweet and designed to give someone an erection is not a moe blob. Also, those who are some kind of amusing commentary on the moe phemonenon are not moe blobs.

    “Quality” was likely born from sarcasm, as something’s “quality” is usually inversely proportional to it’s quality. Commonly used to describe the anime Musashi Gundoh, which has unbelieveably poor animation for 2006, and is in general cheesy. However, if this changed, MG would cease to be “quality.”

  5. Haesslich Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 4:44 am

    Kurogane… watch OtoBoku 12. :D

  6. Lupus Said,

    December 17, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    “Quality” was likely born from sarcasm, as something’s “quality” is usually inversely proportional to it’s quality. Commonly used to describe the anime Musashi Gundoh, which has unbelieveably poor animation for 2006, and is in general cheesy. However, if this changed, MG would cease to be “quality.”

    So what, now we have a word that means the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to mean, depending on context? Is that quality?

  7. sagematt Said,

    December 18, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Let’s see.

    GAR: Seeing how loosely 4chan has been using the this term ever since its conception (one quick look at SaiGAR submissions will easily prove that), and also seeing at the very roots of moe, I’ve come to the conclusion that GAR is how we males go moe (燃える, burning with passion) for a male character.

    You see, we go moe for anime chicks who are cute (or whatever your fetish is), and we have a very similar reaction when we go GAR for badass guys. Almost the same reaction, even when the definition is on the other side of the spectrum.

    It’s important to note how we would never go moe for a male with the same traits as a moekko. We use to call those “faggots” around here – unless they are traps, of course (and even with traps the standards for both moe and GAR change in such a way that I better leave that discussion for another time), and any male going moe for such a guy would be called a fag too. Which is why our prototype for male moe (a GAR character) is the completely opposite of it.

    Now, given the use we have for GAR, it’s kinda easy to notice how it also applies to manly characters (yet another term/category, which is highly compatible with GAR while not being the same thing) such as Guts or Kenshiro.

    It’s also kinda scary how much this term has evolved, since there are so many cases where you can apply it that I almost lost count. For example (also revealed by daily 4chan browsing and looking at the former table), we are also considering badass girls such as Nanoha as GARmoe, which clearly is an example for “You got your ‘male moe‘ in my moe female character!”, meaning that she’s got traits of both moekko and GAR. Yet another example, female character being GAR (Black Lagoon’s Reby/Levy is an easy choice), which means they have GAR traits, or to better dissect this, we go moe GAR for her “male moe” traits (badass-ery, mostly) instead of going moe for her nonexistant moekko traits.

    Wow, did I just type all of that?
    I’m a very sad person :P

  8. sagematt Said,

    December 18, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Some final notes for my comment above:

    *phew* Sorry for such a deductive take on the term instead of the more used inductive take on it. It’s just that since the latter is the one most used, I (IMHO correctly) assumed that going for the former was the best way to show the term in a whole new dimension, instead of explaining what it has already been said. I do hope that short essay served to clarify most doubts about the term.

    ps. I used the term in caps most of the time, but I do use it normally in lowercase.

    ps2. How do you call a gar character anyways? We have moekko for moe characters, but we don’t have such a term for gar. And I didn’t want to use garkko because it sounds really ugly, it probably is a wrong use of the suffix, and I don’t want to be THAT much of a weeaboo.

    ps3. Heh, I also defined GARmoe. Oh well *smirk*

  9. sagematt Said,

    December 18, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    Trap & reverse trap: These are already on the verge of being self-explanatory, so I’m not even going to comment about them. Just… enjoy your fap :)

    Moe blob: Uzumaki’s take on the term is quite good. I’ll only add that “moe blob” was firstly used as an insult moe-haters said toward moe characters (Mikuru was the first “moe blob”, I should have that motivational poster with her face shopped onto a slime somewhere), but most of the time the ones insulting didn’t bother to see beyond the character’s moe traits (some characters labelled as moe-blobs are more than just a miserable little pile of moe), which is why its first use also got some retaliation from our moe-loving folks.

    QUALITY: Once again, Uzumaki’s definition is good enough. But he forgot to put the term in caps, since that’s what makes QUALITY differ from quality.

  10. Anonymous Said,

    February 26, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Yeah, I’ve often seen people say “lower case quality” when they mean to actually complement something. QUALITY partially shows itself as sarcasm because how over-stated and loud-mouthed it is.

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