ドヤ顔 [doyagao]

December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm (general, otaku word, slang)

 Ah I can hear this term everywhere. Even outside of the otaku society. As far as I am aware, I didn’t hear it last year. Maybe no? Anyway, I realise how much people say this. I assume there is someone who coined it, though…To get to the point, ドヤ顔[doyagao] means an arrogant looking. Like saying, “See? Look what I did, you people.” with a triumphant look. [kao] means looking, but what about ドヤ[doya]?

 In fact, ドヤ stems from どうや[douya] which means such an exlamation. Like hey or humph, we have a lot of equivalence. But どうや is actually Kansai dialect[関西弁] so people in Kansai(Osaka or Kyoto) say it. I live in Kanto[関東] so I don’t say どうや, but どうだ[douda]. In this way, [ya] seems to be used to end the sentence in place of [da] in Kansai dialect. For example, I can say コスプレが好き[Cosplay ga suki da] or I like cosplay. But if you want to say in Kansai dialect, you can say コスプレが好き[Cosplay ga suki ya]. Both sound casual, not polite.

 So if he is such a doya looking after he did something, he is so sure that his performance is good. He wants you to praise him. I don’t understand why something like this word has been popular, but I guess it could be because such a triumphant looking doesn’t seem to be seen a lot in real life. That is why people with a doya looking are remarkable. So what kind of people are doyagao? Yes, hosts at the nightclubs. Speaking of hosts, I can think of Ouran High-School Host Club. But none of them have a doya-looking in my opinion. At best, it could be Suou Tamaki but not really. He is still the prince, lack of arrogance. What about Yagami Light in Death Note? Oh yes, he is truly doya-looking. Very narcissistic and confident. 

 In this way, doyagao characters are so popular because once again, few people try to be that way. I wish I could have ドヤ顔, but it’s too difficult because you really have to be smart so that anybody else admires you. Othewise, people would think you are just talk like Oshio Manabu[押尾学]. orz

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18 Comments

  1. Arikoto said,

    I’m not familar with the actor u mentioned. Oshio Manabu? Did he say some idiotic thing and make the public mad?
    But I think I see doya-looking people quite often, it’s nothing like they have just bullied someone and felt so happy, sometime it’s just a satisfied smile when you did st well. Did I get it right?
    Doya-looking must be st evil?

    • bangin said,

      Oshio Manabu used to be well-known as such a doyagao actor. But he got arrested because he possessed drug and let his mistress die. He is a big talk, but nothing he dreamed came true.

      You don’t have to be evil. Just be more confident.

      • Arikoto said,

        Noone can afford to be doyagao. You will not have a happy ending.

  2. Filip said,

    That’s well said, Arikoto. Such doyagao characters are either evil or they are eventually positive, but only when they learn to be more humble. So to be better they have to be less doyagao. I’ve noticed it’s a common scenario in manga or anime. I personally can’t stand this type of characters – they give the quiet, pacifistic me the instant urge to kill. Good thing you can’t kil people who don’t really exist…
    But, anyway, real living doyagao are seriously annoying. And they usually give people around them a real hard time, so even if they are admired, no one actually likes them. People who are oh-so-perfect and waiting to be praised by everyone are really not very likeble. So, bangin-sensei, please don’t say you wished to be like that. You have a lot of fangirls just because of the way you are now :)

    • Arikoto said,

      Agree ^^
      I think bangin means he’s planning to cosplay some doyagao characters since that’s popular now in Japan, not that he wants to change himself. Don’t worry.

      • bangin said,

        Filips: Arikoto answered in place of me!

        Arikoto: You’re smart. How did you know that?

      • Filip said,

        My thoughts probably wandered off too much, like always //////

  3. Charana said,

    Ya! :D just the way you are! (fangirl!)

    • Charana said,

      ..and you seem pretty confident anyway. Good confidence. :)

      • Charana said,

        humble kind? … is there a humble kind of confidence? lol

      • bangin said,

        No I don’t. But maybe…when I cosplay, I could be.

      • Charana said,

        :) you do a great job

  4. Filip said,

    Of course there is. It’s when you are self confident, but you don’t show it off and you don’t need everyone in the world to acknowledge it, so you are neither narcissist not triumphant. The non-aggressive kind of confidence.

    • Charana said,

      That’s the best kind of confidence. Thanks :) lol I was multitasking, doing a bad job of it and confusing myself.

  5. Dream said,

    A synonym for this word is ‘Atobe Keigo’.
    “Nah? Kabaji?”
    “Osu”

    • bangin said,

      Yes, Atobe-sama has a doya-looking. He calls himself ore-sama.

  6. Arisu said,

    Heya there, I like this post of yours. Actually I found some fan-review of my favourite idol’s event and wondering about this “doyagao” term, but thanks to you I finally understand it.
    Ahaha, just want to see actual Kamiya’s doyagao face on that event XD

    • bangin said,

      Which Kamiya? Are you saying Kamiya Hiroshi?

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