Worst Anime ClichesRoseRedFlower Is there ever that one cliché in anime that you by no means can understand why they keep doing this because it's so annoying? I'm not saying that the animes that due these clichés are bad, far from it. I like most of them however, these tropes are pretty annoying in my own opinion. I'm sure you can agree on at least one of them and I know there might be some that I missed. However this is just what I think of when I think of annoying clichés in anime. You're free to add one of your own too.
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Fanservice can be done well if it's fun or for comedic purposes. However, sometimes the creators decide to put in way too much fanservice that it becomes very distracting. High School of The Dead is one of them. It's an action packed anime about zombies all over Japan and yet so many times when the action happens, the fanservice gets in the way. It just takes you out of the moment and is overall unnecessary. Or that one female or male lead that's only there for fanservice and doesn't actually have any character development. Their whole existence is just eye candy for the audience and it makes them look like a tool. - RoseRedFlower
I like titties as much as the next guy, but when you just throw boobs and sex jokes at the screen for no reason other than to fill time that could be used for development of the story, it's just dumb. - Jackamalio
Now I'm not against sexy female characters, or those who wear revealing clothing, but at least let them have a personality instead of pure "ooh this is my new girlfriend, time to..." crap that the likes of adult anime is for. - Swellow
Yeah but its used to death now - Adventurur2V 14 Comments
I'm sure we all saw this one coming. How many animes do you think, take place in a school? So many! Even some of my favorite animes like Code Geass, Angel Beats, Another, Fruits Basket etc. I'm not saying it's bad but it's becoming very obvious that most of them take place in school. There is more to life than school. I watch anime to see an amazing adventure with characters. Not be reminded of why I hated school in the first place. We've all been to school. We all had exams, bullies, clubs and some good memories. Except I don't always want to see that. Especially since some anime is much more interesting if you take the school aspect out of it, like with Code Geass. I wanted to see Lelouch come up with clever ideas to stop his enemies and free Japan. Not him working in the student council room with whatever they were doing. There's plenty of good anime that don't take place in school like Wolf's Rain, Berserk, Attack on Titan etc. So it can be frustrating to see school anime ...more - RoseRedFlower
Here it takes place at school, there it's a school. Here is another school! Anime cliches is fully focused on schools! - Neonco31
There are some shows that work out school fine, but most of the time, it's just done because the developer needs an excuse to add more sailor fuku-wearing adolescents for the purpose of appeal. - Swellow
Actually both a lot of cartoons and anime involve school - Adventurur2V 4 Comments
Ever liked an anime where everything seems to be perfect? The characters are likable, the action is great and the story is engaging? Then you get to certain point in the anime whether it be the end or not that you realize the writer didn't know how to properly end a fight? So what does the writer do? The power of friendship conquers all! You see this in certain animes like Fairy Tail (especially) and even Soul Eater did. Except they called it 'bravery' but you could replace it with friendship and it would be the same thing. I hate it when that happens. It can ruin the anime for me. Friendship can't solve everything, the world doesn't work like that. You have to be strong in the real way and that doesn't include suddenly becoming powerful because you're thinking about your friends. That's just lazy writing and could fail a show entirely. - RoseRedFlower
Uh, good for Sailor Moon? However, from what you described that could be used with almost any Magical Girl Anime. Plus that ending seems very sappy and unrealistic. - RoseRedFlower
Just hearing this reminds me of Fairy Tail... - Goku02
This is just plain lazy writing. Not to mention that if you apply this to the Real World you would be a parasite to people - PrinceOfFire
This makes me roll my eyes along with ‘willing it/bravery/Protag is just right saves the day! ’V 7 Comments
This may seem small but have you ever noticed how the main lead either has one parent or no parents at all? This seems to be in almost every anime you come across. For some reason the main lead doesn't have their mom or dad. Whether they're dead, they abandoned them, a divorce or they are too busy to ever pay attention to their child. Here's a list of main characters with either one parent or none. Pokémon, Attack on Titan, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Kaichou Wa Maid Sama, Kotoura-san, Mirai Nikki, Naruto, Black Butler, Your Lie In April, Say I Love You, Soul Eater, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Clannad, Fullmetal Alchemist and Batman. (Okay, that last one isn't an anime but you get my point.) - RoseRedFlower
Probably any creators are too lazy to add parents for protagonist, or they only added parents just as background characters or cliche parents like abusive to their kids
This cliche is a perfect example for Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. I know it's not an anime, it's a Disney show. But, the protagonist from the show named Randy lacked of parents. No, not because he is an orphan, but, Randy mentioned his mom all the time via his phone, but, never seen he mentioned his dad. - ChatNoirFan18
Another,naruto,pokemoe *names more animes* - Adventurur2V 3 Comments
I hate these episodes. There's nothing more annoying when you just want the plot to continue but then you have filler. Whether it's through via flashbacks (Yu-Gi-Oh series) or takes so many episodes to finish a certain arc (Naruto). Or how they fight numerous foes who have nothing to do with the main story before they continue the story (Sailor Moon). It's just and excuse to fill up more slots and gain more viewership. However, it can become distracting if you use it way too much. - RoseRedFlower
And this is why I never picked up on Naruto. I usually like to watch an entire anime series episode by episode without skipping any single one. Surprisingly, I believe there was actually one episode in Blue Exorcist that was a filler episode (the one with the cooking demon). If filler episodes aren't in abundance or if they're fun to watch, I might not mind them. If it's the opposite way around, I have a problem. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
This is basically 75% of every Naruto season - TwilightKitsune
Add more to the plot and won't let it go - Adventurur2V 9 Comments
Tsunderes no longer contain the -their, It's all tsun now. Whiny, rude, bossy and insecure. Tsunderes are a whole bunch of unattractive traits rolled into one and they almost never exhibit actual redeeming qualities and if they do they end up ruining the moment with some dumb crap "B-BAKA, HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME FEEL EMBARASSED" *sucker punches the MC*. Yeah that's fun, completely emasculate him and use him as a punching bag. What really ticks me off is that Tsunderes almost always get the MC in the end. - TheRikeAnimu
Whiny and annoying it bugs me how they always get the lead there ugly and aggressive. It just ticks me off whole series
Not all tsundere characters are bad. A few of my favorites are Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night and Taiga Aisaka from Toradora!. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Most of them act the same, especially in harem! They barely show their nice their side. They should just be tsuntsun.V 7 Comments
It's not only like this in anime... it's basically like this in every second fantasy or scifi movie. Either they are unrealisticall strong action heroes or your average imperfect big mouths with a good heart that learn a lot along their way. The thing is, when you have a female character that fits this description, it's automatically more interesting because it doesn't fit the stereotype. Plus, female leads often have more developed personalities and background stories. Quite often, the villain will be a whole lot more relatable and interesting, or at least he has more of an attitude. I get that the male leads are often supposed to be a placeholder for YOU, the viewer, but it doesn't change everyone around you is more interesting. - Martin_Canine
Yesh! That image of Ayato is perfect! He's so generic and is written like how a 13 year old see's himself!
Kirito in a nutshell.
Normally I'd say this is wrong but its true?! Male leads are like "i'm gonna be the best" - Adventurur2V 3 Comments
There's always that scene where a guy accidently trips over a girl and somehow either touches her breasts or gets a good view of her panties. She then hits him before he can explain the misunderstanding and she thinks that he is a pervert. While this cliché is very minor it's still frustrating to watch. You can see this ridiculous trope come from a mile away and almost every anime does this! Noragami, Food Wars, Soul Eater, Fairy Tail, - RoseRedFlower
I think that image of Soul Eater Evans would fit more under the category of the nosebleeds cliche, but whatever. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Lol, I was going to. I don't know how this one ended up with this selection but I don't feel like changing it now. - RoseRedFlower
Boku no pico in a nutshell
I would've done the same even if I got slapped - Adventurur2V 7 Comments
This is mostly in Shoujo anime but I've found it in Shounen anime too. It's that one girl in an anime that can't do anything right but always promises to try her best even if she fails. Like how she's always getting bad grades, slowest runner in gym class, can't lift anything heavy, doesn't stand up for herself when being harassed or is very co-dependent on the male. I know we all have our flaws but it's hard to support a female character when she can't do anything by herself and is only there for the lead. Like Yuki Kuran in Vampire Knight or Erika Shinohara in Black Prince & Wolf Girl. Yuki is very dull and was only put in the show so that females can pretend that they're her. So they can imagine themselves as a woman in a love triangle with two handsome leads. Yuki isn't a character herself in my opinion. Erika is a pathetic character in my eyes. She allows Kyouya to call her a dog and forces her to do things to her. Just because she lied to her 'friends' about having a boyfriend. ...more - RoseRedFlower
Just an opinion passing by
They use to be cute, but now their just plain annoying honestly (they're basically in every anime, BASICALLY not literally)
There are some people that do like these kinds of characters because of various reasons, but yeah, some are actually kinda good, some are annoying.
But it's been kind of an image of what anime is to "outsiders"
"Outsiders" view on anime (not accurate!):
-is a Japanese cartoon that has a somewhat massive fan base all around the world, some being triggered if you dare mention a single insult onto their 'favorite' animes (despite them having less knowledge of said 'favorite anime') or even Japan itself (*cough*weaboos*cough*)
- to those that really do hate anime couldn't differentiate between an otaku and a weaboo
I would love to continue on but this isn't the topic to be discussing this.
No wonder Lucy Heartfilia gets more praise than Erza Scarlet (because Lucy Heartfilia is portrayed as a dainty crybaby).
Asuna YukiV 7 Comments
Akame Ga Kill is a perfect example of this! It tries to be dark and mature but it backfires. That was my main problem with the show more than anything else. Besides the violence trying its hardest to shock the audience, the show had the characters have awful pasts and circumstances... and then suddenly it went back to its comedy, as if it never happened.
I agree. If you want funny parts in a dark anime, there can't be so many of them. You can either make an anime funny as possible or at least have funny parts that make sense. - listotaku17
Edgy is dark but cool - Adventurur2
There is being edgy and there is being dark. Being dark is not trying to put topics like rape, hopelessness, sadism in there for the sake of being dark. That is being edgy - YourWaifuSucks
Kinda true. I personally like long sleeves, but it gets boring after you see too many protagonists follow this rule.
Ever see that one character who never reveals about themselves because they're afraid to hurt the people they care about? Or when they act cold towards them in order to keep them away or safe from their past? This happens a lot in anime but it normally doesn't bother me. However, I do see this a lot and my tolerance meter can only take so much of it sometimes. Even some of my favorite anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Kaichou Wa Maid Sama are capable of following this trope. - RoseRedFlower
Possibly the most cringeworthy of the anime tropes. Characters with a dark past and dark demeanor CAN be good (like vegeta and piccolo from DBZ), but when your resident edge-lord gains no development from his dark past, his edginess gets old really fast. - Jackamalio
Fangirls go crazy over these characters.
Yeah then fangirls are all "I love him,I love him! " - Adventurur2V 2 Comments
You mostly see it in a harem that the boy has a whole bunch of girls who like him, but he doesn't decide who he wants to be with, and just ends up with all of them. The girls are pretty much just eye candy to look at, don't really have much of a personality, and their only interest and goal is to please their indecisive love interest.
Now, I haven't watched a lot of animes, but I know enough that anime that have harems are just to please horny boys. They usually have no plot or character development except to take the viewer to the next sexual scene. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
This is an example of poor writing. Many harem animes focus on developing a harem for a male who has next to no interest in a harem, and eventually cannot pick between a harem and one or two of the girls, so he ends up with no one. - drdevil
I have a harem
chose someone and we are very happy together
I chose them all - Adventurur2
In this anime called Infinite Stratos, the beach episode had no point. It was literally just to show the female characters in Bikinis, and naked at one point. Like the bikinis weren't even for kids, they were like an adult woman's lingerie.
Beach episodes can be done well, but popping them in just for filler is a surefire way to ruin the fun of them. - Entranced98
I love beach episodes - Adventurur2
They just do this since they have no more ideas left.
Things that are definitely going to happen:
Boy has to rub sunscreen over girls body and acids tally touches breasts or panties
Boy peeking in on girls changing
A bra or panty is going to slip off at some point - Silverfroststorm
They also do it for filler and to cut down on the animation budget. - RoseRedFlowerV 3 Comments
This is very popular in Shounen anime. When you think the battle is over and someone is dead but not really. An example is the ever so fabulous DragonBall series. Examples would be how Gohan fought against Cell in episode 181 and it ends ten episodes later. The most infamous however is Goku vs Frieza. How the planet was supposed to blow up in five minutes but it takes Goku to fight Frieza at episode 97 to 105?! Sure, much of that was pointless dialogue but a good chunk of it was them thinking they won but they didn't. - RoseRedFlower
This is usually why I stay away from certain long-running mainstream anime such as Dragon Ball Z or Naruto (though I don't hate those series). I can understand if a battle starts in one episode and has to be finished in the next episode like Sword Art Online, Attack on Titan, or the Fate series, but if we're talking over 5 episodes, there's a good chance I'm not watching it. Trust me, I tried to watch one of Naruto's fights against Pain on YouTube, but since the entire duration of the battle was SO DAMN LONG, I just ditched it and went on with my day. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
The only anime that take long time finished up the fight is dragon balls series, Naruto, One piece! It takes about 8-20 episodes to finished up the fight! I'll forgive some Shounen anime or other anime because it takes you 1-5 episodes, and they're done!
*sighs* takes 3 episodes to carry out one battle - Adventurur2V 10 Comments
I actually added this. Lol, just like that visitor said, cow-sized boobs on a tiny, petite girl. So flipping dumb! Unrealistic. And gross too. - eventer51314
Another part where the developer's sauciness leaks onto his work. Seriously, do some research about how anatomy works before characters with big busts. I'm not annoyed if the character has a normal d-cup, but when it's used in younger characters or if they are gainaxed (thanks TVTropes), then you have a problem. - Swellow
Oh, God. Don't even get me started on Eiken. The entirety of said anime is this cliche in a nutshell. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Hot - Adventurur2V 12 Comments
Pokemon don't have this either - Adventurur2
In a plethora of animes, the protagonist or another central character is a younger brother. He has an older brother who has either gone bad, is mysterious, or has disappeared. (An exception occurs in Yu-Gi-Oh, where older brother Seto Kaiba is one of the central characters, and Mokuba is his younger brother.) - Crwth
You know that, that gal in the beach episode who hates the men looking at her because of their dirty minds. I can't explain how wrong this is. Firstly, for beach episodes it is expected of you to wear revealing clothing. Secondly, This can be told by the second character's expressions. If that character has a dirty mind, I will pass but if it is not and simply looking at her, then that is problematic - YourWaifuSucks
Just because somebody casually looks at her doesn't mean it's in a 'dirty' way, so this can get a bit annoying if it's blown out of proportion. - Entranced98
So staring at a girls chest makes me a pervert - Adventurur2
Imagine a character shouting "ICE ATTACK" then getting shocked when the opponent blocked it using fire. That is the most stupidest things in the world - YourWaifuSucks
It sounded so lame in The Seven Deadly Sins. But it was actually good in case of Dragon Ball Z though. - Undistinguished
Well in Naruto, you have to say it. Like, you can't undo a jutsu if you don't say release. - Silverfroststorm
*villain blocks it*
Me what happened?
Villian: you said it out loud - Adventurur2
They're annoying, nobody likes them and every girl wants to rip their eyeballs out. Could a character get much worse? - Entranced98
It's fine when it's a recurring character. but if you've got a main character like that it's a problem - Adventurur2
I walked in on that?! - Adventurur2
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