Most Common Anime Cliches

Even though anime is amazing, it also has its flaws. A good example of this is cliches.
The Top Ten
1 Death of parent or downfall

Or if it's not that, then one parent and child.

Oh and why is it always mothers with sons and fathers with daughters?

Yes, this is in almost every anime. I get sad often at anime because of this happening.

This is so overused, I can't even begin to count how many anime use this cliche.

I guess that's why Disney has so many dead parents in their movies.

2 Abnormal colored hair

In an anime, there are 20 people in one frame. Some are blonde, some have brown and black hair, some have red hair, and one person has dyed hair. Some have hooded eyes, some have almond-shaped eyes, some have round eyes, and one has huge eyes. They're all wearing common clothes you see other people wear, except for one, who's wearing a cape, and looks like he/she's on his/her way to anime con and is a total weeb. Try spotting the main character!

Normal hair and costume would be too boring. Imagine if in Naruto everyone looked like a conventional historical ninja, or if the pirates in One Piece dressed like somali or 1500's Caribbean pirates. It would suck. Number three on this list would be "the character design is so boring and unoriginal"

I don't mind abnormal colored hair so much as freaky gravity defying haircuts that no one in their right mind would either have or want. For example Yugi from Yu gi oh. Tell me does that hair style look cool or physically possible? Wavy blonde bangs and dark purple spiked up back hair that makes him at least 2 feet taller..yeah you're stylin' yugi..

It doesn't really bother me, but is it normal for the characters or something?

3 Fan service

Look, I understand fan service being there, and I'm fine with it, but at least give fan service charecters an intresting persanility so you can actually care about them!

I guess it's okay for some people, but it's disturbing or just weird to others, you know. We all have our own opinions and I totally respect that.

I don't like it when a show becomes too inappropriate to watch.

Why does this bother anyone. The service is for YOU the fan.

4 Happy resolution

I actually don't hate this type of ending, I actually like it a lot. It's just that it's WAY too overused, especially if you're talking about Inuyasha.

5 Fillers

In Yona of the Dawn I feel like most of the arc in Awa was filler. Seriously it took five episodes just to complete a simple episode arc. what?!

Fairy Tail does not have as many fillers as Naruto.

This has Naruto written all over it.

I’m agreeing with nerdypweeps here. As much as I love Naruto, there are WAY to many fillers to deal with.

6 Boy as main character

Well duh, most of the creators are men. Men can't really write about a female 100% compare to a female writing about a female. Best way to relate to the story is knowing the main character front to back which is why most main characters are male because men are the authors. So this is a naive suggestion on thinking this is cliche when its just natural for male to talk about a male. Plus men don't know what women are thinking 90% of the time anyway. That why you have the other cliches here in the perspective of what man think how a female acts. All they see is girls with large breast

Kill la Kill and sailor moon are shojo, which means the main characters are girls.-KyokoKuchisakeSuccubi

Not in every anime or manga, but still in most of them.

Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon, Soul Eater Not

7 Girls with large breasts

Oh my god this is so annoying! It's the main reason I don't watch anime. I know some anime aren't like this, but 99% of even the most innocent-looking anime have those. (Example: POKÉMON! )

Being a girl, I find this stereotype very offensive (but ugh making boobs be the same size is nearly impossible lol) so... yeah I don't know

So true creators think that if they can’t reel in normal watchers they might as well reel in porn watchers girls with big boobs. And once they do this their entire anime turns in a porn anime.

Its Pretty common to have a female characters with incredibly large breasts.

8 Plot armor

All the main characters (like Sasuke, Gintoki and others) being protected by it is ANNOYING.

Looking at you, Fairy Tail. Natsu Dragneel and Erza Scarlet in particular!

You know, the power of friendship. Happen all the time.

Fairy tail, I am watching you. You overuse this cliche-KyokoKuchisakeSuccubi

9 Main character in class sitting by a window

The only classroom type animes that I have seen so far that I can name off my mind right now that don't use this is Boku No Hero and Assassination Classroom where both Deku and Nagisa sit in the exact middle of the classroom.

Let's play a game. It's called spot the protagonist

This is very true

Yes this...

10 Main group of characters are friends

And they beat all their enemies through the power of friendship

The Contenders
11 Usually set somewhere in Japan

Well if American cartoons mostly set their story on somewhere in America, it's natural Anime will make stories which is usually set in Japan. It's natural, not a cliche.
I can point out some exceptions in Cartoons - Avatar the last airbender (probably based on China). Samurai Jack (based on Japan).
In anime -
Fullmetal Alchemist (Europe)
Pokemon (currently it is based on France (Kalos), the immediate previous series was based on America (Unova), whereas the the first three were based on the three islands of Japan respectively. (Kanto and Johto - Honshu, Hoenn - Kyushu, Sinnoh - Hokkaido)
Princess Sarah - (1850s England)
Kaiketsu Zorro - (1900s Italy)

I know anime is made in Japan, but come on, be a little more creative guys. And I know not every single anime does this, but a LOT of them do.

There's not much Animes that take place outside Japan. Code Geass, Black Butler, Hellsing all set outside Japan

And that they wear uniforms that show look really tight in all the right places

12 Girls flying onto the screen out of nowhere and wildly overreacting to things

Especially girls falling onto a guy main character in a compromising position, then yelling and slapping him like it's somehow their fault that this happened.

Naru Narusegawa, we are looking at you

13 When the male character falls, he always lands on a girl's breasts

Or walks into a girls room, trips falling on a girls breasts or walks in on her naked and somehow the girl gets super strength and hits him so hard he flies out of the room..SO ANNOYING!

14 Girl running late for school with toast in her mouth

As she runs, she narrates her life with something like "Hi, my name is blankety blankblank and I'm only 15 years old. It's my first day of he new school year and my goals are blankety blank blank blanker blank"

Sailor Moon, Madoka, etc...
It's kind of a bummer.

Me basically

*ahem* Smile Precure

15 Perverted male characters

This has og Brock from Pokemon written all over it

His name is happosai (from ranma)

Kame, Jiraya,Meliodas,that guy I forgot his name from Ramma...

16 Characters shouting the name of their attack

It gets very annoying that the villains do NOTHING to stop the attack as if it's sacred or something

LOL so true! What were the villains thinking standing there watching them charging powers?

This needs to stop.

17 Tsunderes
18 Boys between 10 and 14 as heroes who are way more brave, smart and skilled than most adults in the series

This is not the case in DBZ. The older, the stronger. Well, most of the time at least.

My hero academia?

19 Shonen characters eating a lot

Well, food also holds a lot of protein & in action types eating a lot of food is good so they have enough energy to fight, with that when they burn the protein they get muscle. So it actually makes sense

Practically everyone in One Piece.

How aren't they fat?

Why are not fat? That's the question.-Vestalis

20 Annoying dere types

Like Tsundere

21 Harem

There's only one boy and and a bunch on girls swarming him so not cool

Girls... girls everywhere

It's the same story every SINGLE TIME!

22 Chicks are always super badasses with no background as to how they got that skilled..

Whether if it's blocking shots with swords at 16, Or trickshotting sniper rifles at 14, where the hell did the training come from and why is it always chicks hogging the showcase?

And that would be what is called a Badass Sue (a type of Mary Sue).

This is just in general, no need to say only girls..

Erza Scarlet is one of them

23 Boy wants a normal life but ends up in some nonsense

Commonly in the beginning of anime the main charature will talk about how there happy with the normal with normal life, then later get into some non sense that changes there life or something

24 Little girls that are actually 30+ years old

Wendy Marvell is actually a little kid. Your thinking of Mavis Vermillion

Rory mercury takes it to the extreme at 900

Wendy Marvell all the way

25 Overpowered characters

It's so frustrating when characters are so strong it makes me not care about the story anymore. Like ok what are they gods now? It makes it hard to believe they exist or could ever be defeated. I like the suspense of not knowing and that others actually have a chance to catch up with their skills and it makes the fights more thrilling when they have weaknesses they have to overcome. Not every fighting based anime can be like DBZ and get away with it. DBZ can because they somehow make it work. (But I would enjoy options for fighters like Piccolo and Android 18 to catch up with the power of the Saiyans. It'd be nice if weaknesses could be explored too.)

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