Worst Anime Cliches

RoseRedFlower
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.

The Top Ten

1 Distracting Fanservice Distracting Fanservice

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

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

Fanservice is TERRIBLY OVERUSED. It's in basically every big anime, and the cliche has gone so far in some series that people had to come up with genres like "harem" and "hentai" just to clarify the intensity of fanservice and sexual exaggeration in it. As a girl, I find it funny to see the occasional pervert in anime, or a funny moment that involves opposite sex relations, but after seeing it at a rate of up to five or more times in a single episode... Just no.

Fanservice is over used - ElSherlock

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2 Friendship Saves the Day! Friendship Saves the Day!

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

If you want a non anime show about friendship watch my little pony - BoyGenius234

Although I like anime I reaally dislike this cliche. Like friendship is literally the least important thing (compared to family, love, YOUR OWN LIFE TO LIVE ON etc.)

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

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3 The Protagonist Lacks a Mom and Dad The Protagonist Lacks a Mom and Dad

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

You forgot to mention Evangelion. Shinji has a dad but not a mom. - Vancedapurpleguy

I'm getting frustated of this cliche already. Why do the protagonists' parents have to die/or the protagonists have to be an orphan for them to be protagonists? It'd be fun to see BOTH of an anime protagonist's parents well and alive and having at least tolerable screentime. Please come on.
Most anime/manga, and even other fictional works rather do this to show the pain protagonist has been through or just not to worry about 'what would his/her parents think about it..? '

Start doing differently, already... - Eleanora

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

Pokemon reeks of this trope. To be fair, the games do to. - HeavyDonkeyKong

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4 Generic Male Leads Generic Male Leads

For clarification, here is what a "generic male lead" is;

For Drama/Comedy/Romance Anime;
- Slightly above average in attractiveness
- Incredibly normal in every way, shape and form; not in any way "special"
- Frequently deliver witty one-liners or "punch lines" to everything
- Over-react in every situation
- Completely hopeless in school, work and social life

For Action/Adventure Anime;
- They're a one-man army that can take on any enemy and any amount of enemies single-handed
- They act clueless even though they've overcome all odds through their actions
- They always act kind to everyone even though their actions show that they're really an @$$ - Fortifier

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

Yeah stereotypical protagonists, who isn't annoyed by them? I'd wish for something different, y'know.. - Eleanora

Yesh! That image of Ayato is perfect! He's so generic and is written like how a 13 year old see's himself!

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5 Filler Episodes Filler Episodes

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

These are just the worst. If a filler episode is entertaining and helps build the characters and does some world building or is at the very least entertaining, then I'd be fine with these, but they're almost always boring as hell. - EvanWellens

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

Naruto has too many of them - ElSherlock

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6 Tsunderes Tsunderes

They are just awful people, why not be nice like in the anime Ore Monogatari (my love story). No Tsunderes there and its one of the best Romance anime's ever made.

They are all basically the same character so must so you can tell what will happen, man dose something (doesn't matter if its good or bad) gets blamed and most likely hurt and end result either proved right or wrong (mainly wrong) but no real sorry after for development.

You know after seeing this character in almost all anime, I think even the fans of this cliche should see by now that it has over stayed its welcome. If the man did something wrong he's Hitler "BUT" if the woman did something wrong then nothing happens (in fact something the man still gets blamed. If you really want "Gender Equality" then both sides should have the same ups and downs.

To be honest I never understood why people like Tsunderes, they are not cute they are just mean people, its not a good role model, ...more

It's kind of stupid. What in the world makes you think that being rude and abusive to the person you like will make you seem more attractive?!

Tsunderes are all Tsun no their -bokunopicosucks

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

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7 School! School!

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

Haha most animes have characters in either high school or middle school but my anime will be he first anime to have characters in Elementary School. - Ilovestephanie

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

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8 That Female Character That Thinks That Someone Who Is Looking At Her, Thinks He Is A Pervert That Female Character That Thinks That Someone Who Is Looking At Her, Thinks He Is A Pervert

Anime girls! You seriously need to chill! Maybe boys are interested in you, might think you're a good help for homework or whatever, or maybe they just looked at you for only ONCE AND YOU STILL SLAP THEM! Ugh! If anime boys weren't such perverts in so many animes, then this cliche wouldn't have been so annoying!

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

I was going through 1-8 and came accrossi this and immediately voted. It is extremely annoying. - GeneralJP

This should be number 2. Seriously I hate such women, most of the times it's their own fault.. - Eleanora

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9 Edgy edgy edgy Edgy edgy edgy

Edginess is something you can't just abuse of, especially on characters, I can understand making a dark hero or something alike but sometimes it's just too much, batman, daredevil and red hood are clear example in western comics, while daredevil is somehow better the other 2 are kinda soulless, about videogames there are plenty of examples, half if of the cast of sonic for instance, this trope is kind of annoying, even in manga with characters like sasuke... less popular but annoying

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

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10 Fragile Female Lead Fragile Female Lead

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).

That image of Yui Komori from Diabolik Lovers just HAD to be uploaded. Man, I don't want to see that stoic Mary Sue's face (she's got good looks, but the same can't be said for her characterization). Though it's understandable considering that she is notoriously known for being too weak and fragile around the male vampires that torment her in her respective anime. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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The Newcomers

? Less Clothes = More Power

Kill La Kill - Bigandbagguy

? Physical Assault On Men Physical Assault On Men

The Contenders

11 The Dark Edgy Character with a Dark Past The Dark Edgy Character with a Dark Past

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

Fangirls go crazy over these characters.

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

Wow, you specifically picked it for Sasuke, didn't you? - Eleanora

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12 Beach Episodes Beach Episodes

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.

Seriously quit treating female anime characters as sex objects - BoyGenius234

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

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13 Whoops! I'm a Pervert Now! Whoops! I'm a Pervert Now!

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

Boku no pico in a nutshell

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

I absolutely hate this. I remember watching an anime called Demon King Daimo, and it looked really cool. In the first or second episode, a girl made some AWESOME magic that was well-animated. I wanted to watch the main character learn this at the magic school, but unfortunately the entire thing was this cliche. The next few episodes consisted of dumb side plots, like a girl he accidentally violated chasing him with a wooden katana in nothing but a white button up shirt. Or when he (main character) was forced to stay in some enclosed box that wouldn't open until morning because of some sort of punishment. And the constant explosions that left the above girl with tattered clothes. Not to mention this idiotic girl that was bad at magic and whose only strength was invisibility...and she had to take off her clothes to be invisible.
I hate it when an anime has a promisable storyline and instead shoves this perverted crap onto me. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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14 The Indecisive Boy Has a Harem The Indecisive Boy Has a Harem

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.

Harems are fine but the only thing that will make or break a harem is consequence. Let's say on valentine's day, you chose someone then the other girl finds out about this then breaks up with the guy or beats him up. - YourWaifuSucks

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15 Out-of-Proportion Boobs Out-of-Proportion Boobs

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.

Why is this even necessary? What's even the good of making woman have such huge breasts and guys will obviously grope on. So you can attract perverted men in the world? Well you're doing a great job with this terrible cliche!

Seriously it doesn't even look attractive. They just look like sacks of fat hanging painfully from the character's chest.

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

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16 Perverted Leads Perverted Leads

I like it in Gantz when for the protag his hornyness was the only motive to act his part at first, but then he started thinking about human lives, their feelings and stuff.
For the sake of contrast it was even nice

They're annoying, nobody likes them and every girl wants to rip their eyeballs out. Could a character get much worse? - Entranced98

GTO is comedy and it is all about pervert jokes. I hate all that in a regular show. But in its own show it made sense. It was hilarious and showed how ridicuously all that is. And iirc Onizuka transforms into a half-way normal person in the end. - Veldrin

It's fine when it's a recurring character. but if you've got a main character like that it's a problem - Adventurur2

17 Awkward falling positions Awkward falling positions

I walked in on that?! - Adventurur2

18 Main Character is the Younger of 2 Brothers Main Character is the Younger of 2 Brothers

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

Some examples: Speed Racer, Star Blazers, Dragon Ball, Inuyasha, Beyblade, Naruto, One Piece. - Crwth

Pokemon don't have this either - Adventurur2

19 Main Character Has Nothing Unique Main Character Has Nothing Unique

Here’s how it goes, THE GENERIC MALE LEAD:
-always has brown or black hair
-Adolescent
-Does not seem to have a personality or any skills or interests
-lacks a family
-just plain bland

Yui from Diabolik Lover is one of them... - HoneyClover

Every Digimon Main male as Tai,Davis and the others.
Typical all shounen Characters!

20 Long Drawn Out Battles Long Drawn Out Battles

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

And that is why Bleach is better than DBZ and Naruto. - TheDarkOne221b

*COUGHS* Every Dragon Ball fight ever...

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21 Wish Fulfillment Lead Protagonist Wish Fulfillment Lead Protagonist

I want to be hokage pirate king

22 Shouting Out Names of Attacks Shouting Out Names of Attacks

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

Well in Naruto, you have to say it. Like, you can't undo a jutsu if you don't say release. - Silverfroststorm

It sounded so lame in The Seven Deadly Sins. But it was actually good in case of Dragon Ball Z though. - Undistinguished

Good one.

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23 Magical Girlfriend Magical Girlfriend
24 Big Breasted Girls Big Breasted Girls

Viola from One Piece!
P.S. this was already on the list. - GeneralJP

25 Nosebleeds Nosebleeds

It's gross and nonsensical.

Nosebleeds can't actually happen from lust. - Swellow

Who the hell has a nosebleed when you get turned on?

It was funny once. But in 50% of anime shows and every second episode of it, it just becomes tedious boring and annoying.

Generally anime use tropes/jokes way too often! - Veldrin

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26 You know how the antagonist killed all those people and tormented me? Yeah well now that I caught him lets forgive him. You know how the antagonist killed all those people and tormented me? Yeah well now that I caught him lets forgive him.

So many series are guilty of this and I hate it! In this image, I can agree that Obito was WAY too easily forgiven. He caused so much damage, killed so many people and caused a war. Yet the characters forgive him? That's just disturbing and unbelievable. Could you imagine if that happened in real life? The world would be scary place to live in. - HoneyClover

Itachi did it for a good reason. - listotaku17

So become friends with the badguy - Adventurur2

Don't forget Lucy from Elfen Lied.
Seriously, how did Kouta forgive her so easily?

27 Cat Girls Cat Girls

You mean abomination?

These are called Neko - ElSherlock

Your mom was lazy when she designed you

You mean a neko? - Adventurur2

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28 Bland Harem Leads Bland Harem Leads

Every hot guys needs a harem - Adventurur2

29 Main Character Has Amnesia Main Character Has Amnesia

Even Made in Abyss has this...

Huh, I don't see this often actually. - Rue

The only ones popped into my head are Dragon Ball Z and Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE... - Goku02

Golden Time, Guilty Crown, Elfen Lied, Code Geass etc. - HoneyClover

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30 Extra Fanservice for Trap Characters Extra Fanservice for Trap Characters

To be honest I have nothing against trap characters. I don't like them. but I can accept or tolerate this. the problem I have with traps is that they design a female. and after 12 episodes they randomly say "now that is a boy. you didn't expected that huh? " it is so lame and uncreative. if you want to add traps. then do it right. and please don't add traps randomly in every anime. 99% of people aren't into traps! understand that finally! - Veldrin

31 Horrible Childhood Horrible Childhood

Some anime shoehorns in flat and overdone variants of this for the sake of being angsty - unfortunately it ends up trivialising abuse, bullying, poverty, family problems and other extreme hardships that could bring a black cloud over childhood. The fact it's also done often with 'Mary Sue' characters makes it even worse. - Entranced98

32 Girl Gropes Other Girl's Breasts Girl Gropes Other Girl's Breasts

I'll just pretend I didn't see that... - Entranced98

Wow, wasn't expecting that picture to pop up. - HoneyClover

Well, my little sister actually did that to my mum

Okay did somebody change the image it's not that bad

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33 Hot Springs/Bath Scenes Hot Springs/Bath Scenes

A tired over used cliche with the same pay off in way too many shows

This is just to see the girls in only bath towels, and eventually naked. When you're tired of all the breast jokes in the anime, you have to see them naked. It doesn't help with the fact that they have competitions over who has the biggest boobs. Plain weird. - sandycheeks

I'll be honest here. That bath scene with Asuna in Sword Art Online II was uncalled for. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Because fan service!...I guess? - HoneyClover

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34 Characters Get Naked Characters Get Naked

School days, - Adventurur2

35 Becoming The Very Thing You Hate The Most Becoming The Very Thing You Hate The Most

Eren turning out to be a Titan, Rin turning out to be the son of Satan...

Me turning out to be an anime character - Adventurur2

36 Underage Girls Get Sexual Assaulted Underage Girls Get Sexual Assaulted

One Question: Is this counted as Pedophilia? or nah?

I'm voting my own thing

Never seen this yet - Adventurur2

I dunno if that counts. but in "no game no life" there is that main character an eleven year old girl. flat chest, tiny petity body. an normal 11 year old girl. but now I tell the problem. in the show there are several scenes were they show her pants also their is a love implied with her older brother. the brother is 18 and like to watch the body of her sister. they are not real siblings, but step-siblings. but it is weird because she is 11 and they grown up together! I would not call that assault but still gross. - Veldrin

37 Characters That Wear Too Much Clothing Characters That Wear Too Much Clothing

I’d rather see characters (anime or not) wear too much clothes rather then little to no clothes at all. - PhoenixAura81

38 Overly Cutesy Characters Overly Cutesy Characters

Kind if distracting at times

A girl in a cat-suit - Adventurur2

I want to punch them in the face. it is so annoying. - Veldrin

39 Main Character is an Excessive Eater Main Character is an Excessive Eater

This has Goku, Naruto and Luffy written all over it. - To

I especially hate how females eat in anime like they bite a tiny and make noises like if they eat all of it at once and moaning nonstop while eating. also ofc they are turning read and getting horny while eating. it is so stupid. - Veldrin

40 Characters Get Sent to a Special School Characters Get Sent to a Special School

Oh this was my fanfiction

That has cliche written all over it

41 Unkillable Characters Unkillable Characters

These characters are characters that don't suffer a single scratch after a long battle - PrinceOfFire

All the main characters in Fairy Tail are unkillable... - HoneyClover

Plot armor.

Erza is lovable (because of how badass, sexy she is), at least compared to some other anime characters like the worst of Sonic X (re: Chris Thorndyke, Amy Rose, Ella and Bokun), Misa Aname, Lucy Heartfilia, Chi-Chi, Shou Tucker, Sakura Haruno, etc. - The Ultimate Daredevil

42 That One "Mysterious" Character with a Tragic Past That One

Every Naruto character basicall (well except for a few) - TheDarkOne_221b

43 Main Character Isn't Perverted Towards Love Interest Main Character Isn't Perverted Towards Love Interest

This is actually a good thing. - PhoenixAura81

This leads to some inconsistent characterization.

...But the chart says... - HoneyClover

Not a cliche - listotaku17

It's not a cliche because we usually have characters who are perverted towards the love interest. This trope is less common, but it might count. However, which of the two would you rather have? - listotaku17

44 Jail Bait Characters Jail Bait Characters

What does jail bait mean anyway? - PhoenixAura81

It means girls that look older than an adult but are still younger than 18. That way when a 20 year old dude hits on her he gets in BIG trouble. - GeneralJP

This one wasn't too specific but I'm guessing it means characters who are older/younger than they look. The girl on the left looks like a woman but in reality Zakuro is only 9 years old... - RoseRedFlower

Criminal - Adventurur2

Shiro from no game no life. not only she is 11 year old girl that is sexualised in the show. she also has implied love interest witih her older brother (18 year old). even they are "only" step-siblings it is totally weird since she is just 11 and they grow up together. - Veldrin

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45 Whiny, Coward Protagonists Whiny, Coward Protagonists

Whoever uploaded that image clearly doesn't like Shinji very much. - Vancedapurpleguy

We're also looking at you, Amy Rose from Sonic X! Take that, Seth Tard (formerly known as 72.244.128.244)!

Someone upload an image for Subaru Natsuki of Re:Zero, when he is crying in this item. - SelfDestruct

I'm looking at you, Yukiteru Amano.

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46 Characters That Lack Clothing Characters That Lack Clothing

OH MY GOD. AT LEAST WEAR A SHEET!

Mother of the image! - Adventurur2

I hate these characters. If I was in an anime and I saw a character like that, I’d say “PUT SOME CLOTHES ON DUDE! ” - PhoenixAura81

47 Trap Characters Trap Characters

Is that Aoi from Maid Sama? If it is, then I watched that episode and this is a good example of trap characters in anime. - PhoenixAura81

They are annoying and weak

You know, like cross-dressers, or characters that look a certain age, but turn out to either be really young or centuries old.

I'm looking at you Boku no Pico

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48 Yanderes Yanderes

Female yanderes are overrated. We need more male yanderes.

Based on traits alone, yanderes are worse than tsunderes. - PhoenixAura81

Take for instance, this unbelievably overrated scene from the 20th episode of the English-dubbed/4Kidz version of Sonic X only because Amy Rose accused Sonic the Hedgehog (every other main character from Mario and Sonic is mainly superior to Princess Peach and Amy Rose) for doing what she forced him to do after being unreasonably delighted. I know how much she has surprisingly improved in Sonic Boom.

Most of these characters are psychos. So overrated. - Goku02

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49 Overpowered Badass Overpowered Badass

Whats the point of making an OP character, granted that if we see him train or gets some drugs that strengthens himself up but at least make the characters killable and also this cliche will lead up to being a Gary Stu - PrinceOfFire

Ultra Intsinct, "cough, cough." - TheDarkOne_221b

<-- That explains everything - PrinceOfFire

Kirito, Shiba, Orochimaru, Ayato, etc. - HoneyClover

50 Young Man Becomes Master of Evil Young Man Becomes Master of Evil

To be honest its not young man becomes master of evil. it is more like everyone is young, except characters that are totally unimported. - Veldrin

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