Most Common Anime ClichesEven though anime is amazing, it also has it's flaw. A good example of this is cliches
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I guess that's why Disney has so many dead parents in their movies. - Vancedapurpleguy
Or if it's not that, then one parent and child.
Oh and why is it always mothers with sons and fathers with daughters?
This is so overused, I can't even begin to count how many anime use this cliche. - NerdyPweeps
This happens in comic books,movies,books and well...EVERYTHING.
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" - DanoMR98
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! - Ohno
It doesn't really bother me, but is it normal for the characters or something? - NerdyPweeps
Let's play a game. It's called spot the protagonist
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. - NerdyPweeps
Fanservice. Fan service everywhere. Sometimes it takes a step too far
I don't like it when a show becomes too inappropriate to watch.
It's good, but gets repetitive over time.
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. - NerdyPweeps
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! )
It gets annoying when overused. Looking at ya Fairy Tail! - Goku02
Its Pretty common to have a female characters with incredibly large breasts. - egnomac
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
This has Naruto written all over it. - NerdyPweeps
DBZ did have a few fillers in which all were bad. Still not a bad show... - SelfDestruct
Fairy Tail does not have as many fillers as Naruto.
Two words: Fairy Tail
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?! - Anonymousxcxc
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
Wasn't kill la kill a shoujo?
Not in every anime or manga, but still in most of them. - NerdyPweeps
Most shows and movies in general have guys as the main character, its much less common in animes though... so.
All the main characters (like Sasuke, Gintoki and others) being protected by it is ANNOYING.
You know, the power of friendship. Happen all the time.
Looking at you, Fairy Tail. Natsu Dragneel and Erza Scarlet in particular! - Goku02
This is most definitely Naruto.
Well DUH! And most American books are usually set somewhere in USA.
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. - NerdyPweeps
But if Americans did a show where the setting and characters are Japan, we'd be considered racist. - RobertWisdom
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
You'd think that the main character would be sitting in the middle of class or by the door, nope apparently not
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.
And Madoka Magica. I mean, Madoka sits in the middle of the class also - MLPFan
Let's play a game. It's called spot the protagonist
This is very true
And they beat all their enemies through the power of friendship
Well that sounds like the first 6 seasons of Power Rangers to me. Lol. - RobertWisdom
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 - Komobramon
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... - Garoto_Oceano
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!
LOL so true! What were the villains thinking standing there watching them charging powers? - Goku02
It gets very annoying that the villains do NOTHING to stop the attack as if it's sacred or something
This needs to stop.
KAMEHAMEHA! - LordDovahkiin
We're still waiting for one, Attack on Titan
So stupid I'm 15 for goodness sake!
Every Non-Action anime.
We love that FILLER! FILLER YEAH!
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"
*ahem* Smile Precure
Evangelion - listotaku17
This is not the case in DBZ. The older, the stronger. Well, most of the time at least. - Goku02
My hero academia?
Watched spirited away and the main hero was chihiro
This Ain't No Cliché! It needs to happen more often.
It's called shōjo -KyokoKuchisakeSuccubi
There's only one boy and and a bunch on girls swarming him so not cool
It's the same story every SINGLE TIME!
Girls... girls everywhere
It's called "Artstyles", also doesn't matter if the eyes is sparking, it is just an Artstyles
And that would be what is called a Badass Sue (a type of Mary Sue). - Anonymousxcxc
This is just in general, no need to say only girls..
Guys like Goku for example their background is always explained. - RobertWisdom
Definition of a Mary Sue.
Erza Scarlet is one of them
How aren't they fat?
Practically everyone in One Piece.
Well, they're pirates. And they travel by a ship. So of course, they'd eat a lot! Do you know how long travelling by water is?! - MLPFan
Almost everyone in DBZ. - Goku02
Why are not fat? That's the question.-Vestalis
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 - ShyChilds
Someone forgot to put Squidward. Lol. *Insert joking emoji here* - Ilovestephanie
Episode 12 of valkyrie drive, ova 1 of high school dxd, and many more.
The main characters encounter a tentacle monster which grabs the female characters and their clothes rip/dissolve off revealing their naked bodies, and the male characters stare with nosebleeds then struggle to kill the monster while the female characters hang hopelessly.
Literally every modern anime.
there's the popular girl who's beautiful and is perfect for the guy, but he decides to date the unpopular shy girl cause plot - starryrcad
Dating someone in your league who is also hot, rich but kinda mean and sassy is better in my opinion. - starryrcad
I see this a lot
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.) - NerdBunny
Why is it that almost every anime protagonists are better looking than me?
:( - yungstirjoey666
Oh my God this is so annoying I hate it when dubs change the shows dialogue and in some cases even the plot I also really love Japanese culture references in anime so I really don't appreciate it when Japanese shows are westernized
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
This is 4kids Brock all over it
"A chance, the setting sun starts to whisper
But, you know... the blue Ribbon won't come untied
Shining, dreaming, suddenly the sea breeze changes
It's not that I don't love you
But, I want to go home now
Resembles a wondrous country
Making me count the stars"
That's the English translation of the second Japanese opening of "Ranma 1/2". - Martin_Canine
James from Pokemon. - Ilovestephanie
When excited and against any real world logic anime characters get nose bleeds! Its hilarious to me!
One piece, especially when it's your own crew mates. Looking at the straw hats.
Don't get me started on that.
madoka magica - starryrcad
Did you even watch Madoka Magica? Madoka was just a normal human, it was the wish that gave her magic powers. - Xross
So, have you seen all the bad cooks like Seraphim from Is this a Zombie? and Ryou from Clannad? Like, there's always this girl that can't cook
It was originally very unique ( Goku ) but then DBZ was too inspiring that Naruto, Luffy, Natsu,.. stole the trait and it became cliche : P - Goku02
Himouto! Umaru-chan as chibi. - starryrcad
"The term deus ex machina refers to the circumstance where an implausible concept or a divine character is introduced into a storyline, for the purpose of resolving its conflict and procuring an interesting outcome."
In case anyone was wondering
How is he a cliche? He's a character from Mirai Nikki-Vestalis
Just another lame excuse for cheap titillation, guaranteed to bore viewers living in cultures where nudity hasn’t been sexualized.
They need anime to sell an institution that’s as useless as the Mongolian Navy. We need more anime characters with G.E.D.s instead. (Japan has G.E.D.s, called _daiken_ in Japanese.)