Most Annoying Romance Anime ClichesI just finished watching Comet Lucifer and was really disappointed. Then I decided to make a list of romance cliches that this and other anime have. These cliches can be good or bad but they're always in these romantic anime! This list will specifically be focusing on the bad sides of these romance anime cliches that aren't very good.
Women physically abusing men is just as bad had the genders been reversed (men physically abusing women). It can be justified if the girl hits a genuinely perverted guy, but it's NOT justified when it clearly wasn't the guy's fault, I.e. falling on top of her or accidentally walking in on her changing or showering; heck, sometimes it's actually THE GIRL who ends up falling on top of the guy, or walking in on him changing or showering, and she STILL thinks he's a pervert, assaulting him anyway for something that was HER OWN FAULT!
As someone who identifies himself / herself as a girl, I do NOT approve of girls hitting guys for no reason, even if it wasn't the guy's fault. I mean, had the genders been reversed, everyone would be infuriated.
What's frustrating is the majority of the time in an anime where the girl starts shrieking and beating up the poor male character, the reason for it is completely the girl's fault in the first place! She forgot to lock the door when changing, she fell over and somehow landed on the guy or flashed her underwear, or she's too sensitive and gets angry over every TINY LITTLE THING! Pretty much in every 'girl beats the crap out of the guy' scene the girl was at fault but it's the poor guy that gets punished.
This can be used really (and also happens a lot in RL duo to people not clearly showing their feelings), but again more often than not it's used to artificially lengthen the plot in a bad way. @Covenant_Ship_Unrelenting
Oh we all saw this one coming. Most anime have this cliche. It's when a girl or guy can't tell that people are attracted to them and just act clueless. Even though it's so obvious that the person loves them, for some reason they just can't tell at all.
One time I was reading a manga, was 25 chapters in (or roughly 3 hours), and suddenly this second chick randomly appears wanting to marry the MC, resulting in me having wasted 3 hours of my life. This trope can be done well, but more often than not it's used to artificially lengthen the plot and/or to build a harem. It often creates artificial drama, and because it's so overused stories that should be bland (just a normal relationship without much to any conflict) end up being exiting just because they basically don't exist in anime, and often are destroyed with love triangles in manga... @Covenant_Ship_Unrelenting
Not anime, but I HATE that "Stranger Things" revived that love triangle from Season 1. Though I do get the feeling it's because at least one party involved is getting killed off next season.
This is one of the most annoying things in romantic animes. Just when my ship was about to sail, BOOM! Another stranger comes in and falls in love with the character. And then we will be having ship fights about which of them was better with the main character. I am so annoyed with these things! They won't just let the two characters, who are supposed to be a couple, be together without anyone disturbing them. It's just plain annoying!
I'm an adult and I can't help but notice so many romance anime take place in teenage years. Yeah I can assure you that in real life, most people don't end up marrying the guy they were with in high-school. They pretty much separate during college.
The dreaded friend zone area. And pretty much anyone who ends up a childhood friend doesn't get the person they love. It happens all the time and I just end up feeling sorry for the childhood friend. You know they love the person but then they're rejected.
This really makes me feel bad for them and rooting against the MC and drop the anime right away.
There's always that awkward scene where the two lovers see or do something perverted by accident. I'm sure just by reading this, there's already a scenario in your head.
You can predict when this scene happens and you get ready for the disappointment.
Whoops, I just accidentally landed perfectly with my hands groping your boobies.
Unrealistic and mostly boring. This person is just wish-fulfilment for the main love interest and the viewers. Instead of making an interesting character to grow as an individual and ship with, they make a perfect robot of a human.
Whether female or male, it's the perfect love interest. They're gorgeous, they have a great personality and have zero flaws!
Yep these things annoy me the most. I hate love interest in anime but when the main character doesn't like him or her then we're screwed
More often than not the guy's/girl's bland, and it's used solely for fan service and forced plot points... @Covenant_Ship_Unrelenting
There's nothing I find more annoying then watching a nice romance form and then suddenly everyone is in love with the main character. It's either for no good reason, a stupid reason or doesn't know how humans work.
I really got annoyed with this stuff. I mean, can't you just make one girl fall in love with just one boy? Why do all the girls have to go for the same guy? It's really irritating!
These anime end up having one of two endings.
1. The Main Character and Love Interest get together
2. They don't get together because they're too dense to notice
Skeleton remain go back to there grave and growing flowers are free.
This cliche really feel like spoiler.
The single worst one in my book. What's the point in having a female love interest (even more one who's usually the deuteragonist) if they're as plain as a piece of bread? It's a huge turn-off for me, so I usually stop watching when this happens. Notable aversions are Maid-sama, Ouran, Fruits Basket, Special A and My Love Story, as well as a bunch of others I'm sure I just haven't found yet.
It's not necessarily a romance anime cliche but on shonen or any other genre it's really disturbing. Don't hate me but really Hinata and Asuna are MAJOR example for this cliche!
This really gets on my nerves when the girl is just a love interest, besides whining & being useless. Bland character which pisses me off.
It's that very moment when your favourite ship of all time are about to kiss, and then someone interrupts it to ask the guy or girl something. It seriously breaks my heart!
The damn cell phone call interruption piss me off beyond reason! Who the hell with at least half a brain would stop a kiss because of a call?!
That one time when our favourite ship are so close to kissing, and someone or something interrupts them. Example: a phone call (the most cliche out of the cliches)
Sometimes, while trying to deny they're not in love, they end up speaking in an unclear gibberish because they're too embarassed to confess their love, but just end up embarassing themselves even more (even in non-anime examples, I.e. Dipper Pines in Gravity Falls or Marinette Dupain-Cheng in Miraculous Ladybug)
Honestly, this is like in every love story. A character would be in denial when people ask them if they like someone.
Why why why out of the all the much nicer girls that could end up with the guy, it's always the angry, rude and abusive brat that gets him in the end?! Louise, Haruhi, Naru, Akane, Kagome, Taiga, Kyou (if you do the sisters route), the list goes on and on. There is nothing 'cute' about a bratty girl who beats you to a pulp if you dare do something she doesn't like and screeches at you 24/7!
Tsunderes (harsh on the outside, but sweet on the inside) are not necessarily bad, and can be decent characters if written well.
But if they're not, then... well... I may probably have to agree with the rest of the commenters who dislike these characters.
Note that there are actually two types of Tsunderes: Type A, who are usually jerks to the protagonists (at first), but ultimately show that they do have a heart underneath their harsh exterior, and Type B, who are usually sweet and kind, but can be very fierce if someone dares to hurt their loved ones.
Like I also don't fall in love with the person that saves me from ten bandits. They get my respect and I'll probably guard their back because of that respect, but there's a big difference between respect and love (that's why often times it turns out for someone's crush of a person just being admiration and not love) @Covenant_Ship_Unrelenting
Easily one of my most hated cliches of all time. Why does there have to be a romance when a hero rescues someone? Barf. You can rescue someone without going lovey-dovey. This is why I am so afraid of saying "Thanks for saving me" because of this awful trope.
There's a lot of times when there's a new transfer student that either is the main character or love interest. So you instantly know who's going to fall in love. Yet what I find strange is why people always seem to obsess over the new student.
Once the student arrive, They will sit beside the MC character while the other MC get jealous and a love triangle drama blah blah. Seriously this cliche COULD be better!
As much as I love it, I like to pretend Ouran's beach episode never happened (ya'll in the fandom probably know what I'm referring to). However, watching some other anime's I also noticed similar patterns with beach episodes: a bunch of fanservice, sometimes at the cost of character development. So yeah, these are a nope for me.
Either they're good or bad. Usually a bit annoying and just fanservice. Every now and then you find a good one but most are mediocre.