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Simple question: is there a character that looks either like Pac-Man, or like the ghost in Pac-Man?

With Google's recent Pac-Man logo, everyone should know what these look like, but in case you don't here are some sample images:

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If you answer "no" please provide a little more proof that you actually searched all unicode characters...

Example of what I'm looking for: If I were to ask, "is there a character that looks like a sun", I would expect an answer along the lines of "Yes, ☼ and according to charmap it is U+263C". That's what I'm looking for, but with Pac-Man or the ghost...

Usage: I would like to paste this symbol into a web form textbox in order for it to show on a webpage. This is a one-line textbox, so a complex ASCII art "image" isn't acceptable in this case.

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How about the letters "C" and "A"? –  anon Jun 9 '10 at 17:16
So you, if we answer "no", you expect us to prove it by checking every unicode character? In other words, you want us to do the work for you? –  Chris Dunaway Jun 9 '10 at 17:18
@Neil If you use A they'll get confused and say WTF is the Asteroids ship doing in PACMAN??? –  vivin Jun 9 '10 at 17:22
@Chris, the point of SO is to ask questions. If we all did our work for ourselves, why would this site exist? –  zvolkov Jun 9 '10 at 17:25
Ricket, make me a sandwich. I asked on StackOverflow. Where's my sandwich? –  Warren P Jun 9 '10 at 17:26

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ᗤ <- pacman, also a ghost ᗣ got here by google, someone else will be looking for it, don't remember the unicode for it but i copied the characters from a old file.

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Good find. ᗣ is U+15E3, ᗤ U+15E4, and ᗧ U+15E7. They're labeled as CANADIAN SYLLABICS CARRIER TTO, TTE, and TTA, respectively. –  eswald Apr 18 '12 at 16:55
Why this is not the top answer I have no idea. –  Luke Griffiths Sep 3 '12 at 11:22
Hence, Pᗣᗧ•••MᗣN ? –  Gnubie Apr 10 '13 at 17:02
Hence 2, ᗧ•••ᗣ•• –  Aviel Gross 2 days ago

It's not looking good -- presumably, anything resembling Pac-Man would be in the "Geometric Shapes" block, but the closest you'll get is a circle that's 1/4 filled:

◴ ◵ ◶ ◷

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I like the first one you posed; I used it and it is close enough to Pac-Man; you can definitely see the resemblance! Thanks :) –  Ricket Jun 9 '10 at 18:13
Just add a quick CSS transform and you're in business. –  Xavi Sep 29 '10 at 17:22

No. Unicode does not provide amusing characters just for the hell of it--all of the wacky characters in Unicode (like the snowman and the sun) are there because some legacy encoding included them.

No legacy character set ever had a Pac-Man character. Hence, Pac-Man is not in Unicode.

If you're trying to find out if there's some oddball character that kinda-sorta resembles Pac-Man, you'll have to look through all of the codepages yourself.

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What about the snowman? ☃ He's kind of an amusing character. –  mipadi Jun 9 '10 at 17:16
I mentioned the snowman as an example of an oddball character that's in a legacy character set. –  JSBձոգչ Jun 9 '10 at 17:20
Now all we need is the monster character from Ski Free! –  vivin Jun 9 '10 at 17:21
@mipadi: The snowman is a weather symbol. –  Joey Jun 9 '10 at 17:21

I know it's not quite what you asked, but Pacman makes an appearance in the discotastic DF Strand Midnight typeface.

DF Strand

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If you answer "no" please provide a little more proof that you actually searched all unicode characters...

Did you search all the unicode characters?

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I guess they didn't want to put that much effort in it :) –  Joey Jun 9 '10 at 17:23

( *< • • •

^ closest I can get to making Pacman with text

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This is the most similar I could find:

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The list of characters slated for Unicode 6.0 includes U+1F47B GHOST.

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Hmm, it doesn’t look like a ghost. o.O –  Synetech Dec 21 '12 at 21:31
@Synetech Eh, kinda. This is what it looks like in my browser. –  Bob Jun 14 '13 at 2:59

I think this looks like Pac-Man!

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