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A lot of people read manga or watch an anime and aren't necessarily "impressed" by the storylines or character goals, and there is definitely a reason for that: The authors are using the same type of characters and storylines. The "Save the World with your friends" storyline can only be done so many times before people start to notice a connection, and it gets old. On this page, we'll list the biggest and most noticed stereotypes to, hopefully, help any manga authors that run into Comic Vine and actually care about whether or not their manga story is impressive or original. This'll also probably be a good read for some of our manga fans when they need a laugh, so forgive us if we seem "unofficial" with this page. Okay then, here we go:
Among all of the manga and anime stereotypes, the most common that comes to mind is, no, not the main character who strives to be the best at something, not the "mysterious" antihero friend, no, not the main character's amazingly awesome master, and no, not even the little heroine that keeps getting kidnapped by afore mentioned anti hero friend. It's the one recurring story arc that continuously pops up, the one thing you can expect in basically any teen shonen manga, the "Tournament" arc. It seems that this arc is famous wherever it goes, as it's an easy way for the writer to get all of the main characters who everyone enjoys reading to fight the other favorites, without any need for an actual reason, just their name being popped up on a screen, and, there we have it, a fight scene. This type of arc is predominant in basically any manga that focuses on fighting, and can be found everywhere, and, sadly enough, this extremely unoriginal arc is also almost always extremely long and "important" to the story. Ask any shonen manga fan and they'll always tell you that it's just the author running out of a way to introduce the next "favorite" character in the series.
The most famous of these is more than likely the Yu Yu Hakusho "Dark Tournament" saga, one that lasted as an entire arc. That, or the Chunin Exams tournaments, which made many characters that had never come into contact before in Naruto fight each other, with no real reason, as it was a test to see who was a better ninja, not a better boxer. These "ninja" simply shown that a good punch to the face is about as good as a dagger to the neck from behind in life and death situations.
The Action Mangas are perhaps the most common anime/manga to exist, and therefore, they are also probably the most stereotypical, hence the making of this page.
The Main Character Stereotypes:
The Innocent Main Character
Then of course, we always have the "I'm going to be the best" main character stereotype, one that simply shows near no emotion at the beginning of the story, like...oh, to name a few...Naruto, Luffy, Yoh, and a ton of other non main stream anime/manga characters, too, but those are the most common for the most part. These stereotypical manga characters always seem to wish to be the best at something for a benefit that is selfish, but that is shown to be perfectly expectable in the series. These character also always appear to be happy go lucky, and do very insane feats that are meant to be shown as humorous. This happy way of looking at life disappears whenever someone they care for is put into danger, to the point that they become dangerous, even to the point that they threaten someone’s life. However, when they battle the person who put their loved one in danger, they almost never follow through on their threat to kill them, usually resulting in the enemy to come back and attempt to kill them again. Also, this stereotype seems to always have some sort of hidden power which is due to someone in their family, and this power always seems to manifest when they are about to be killed, and more usually when their loved one is killed or appears to be killed (See Alter Ego).
List of Innocent Main Character Stereotypes:
Naruto from the series Naruto: Naruto is perhaps the most well known of this stereotype. He is a ninja hailing from the Konoha village, and he always appears to be cheery, despite his past full of hate. Because he was never noticed as a child (due to a genocidal demon lurking within his belly button ), he wishes to be the Hokage, the greatest Ninja in the village, so that he may be noticed.
Goku from the series Dragon Ball: Goku, one of the last survivors from the planet Vegeta, was adopted by a lowly farmer, Gohan, picking him up. He grew up amazingly powerful, but also amazingly kind and innocent. He sets out with Bulma Briefs in search of the Dragon Balls. He is always carrying to his friends and always tries to show mercy to his enemies.
Yoh Asakura from the series Shaman King: Yoh was born into a family of shamans and was trained to help guide the spirits to his afterlife. He always is happy and cheery when this is happening, though, and quickly befriends many of those around him, including his enemies.
Luffy from the series One Piece: When he was a small boy, Luffy gained the dream to become the “King of Pirates,” a fact he never lets anyone forget. He gained this strange dream when he met the legendary pirate Shanks. He then accidentally ate the devil fruit, which gave him the ability to stretch, and seven years later, he sets out on his goal to become a legendary pirate.
Aang from the series [[Avatar: The Last Airbender:vol:19410]]: Aang was born as the Avatar, the person who is the bridge between all nations and all worlds. He ran away though, and was frozen for 100 years before being rescued by Katara and Sokka. Aang always acts as an immature child, a fact that commonly puts his and other people’s life in danger.
Yamato Delgado from the series Battle B-Daman: Yamato was raised by cats up until the age of five but was then taken in by a restaurant owner named Mae who raised the completely innocent boy as her son. It seemed it was his destiny to possess the legendary B-Daman known as Cobalt Blade, which she tried to keep away from him, but on his eleventh birthday it came to him. He would always go into a fight believing victory inevitable, even when facing some of the mightiest opponents in his universe. And somehow this spirit managed to help him come out on top time and time again as his strength grew exponentially.
Subaru Sumeragi from the series Tokyo Babylon: Subaru was born into the Sumeragi family, a famous family of exorcists who specialized in many different form of exorcism. Like most of the heroes in his stereotype, he is always kind, and always tries to find the good in everyone. Unlike mot of his fellow stereotypes, though, his goal is not so out there, and he only wishes to be a zookeeper. However things would not make it so easy (see Fallen Heroes section for details)
The Tough Guy Main Character
This character is the one who never took anything from anyone, and gained a reputation for being a dangerous force on the school yard. They are hated by the teachers for their juvenile ways, and always have horrible grades. Then, the character is thrown into a situation that he still has to muscle his way through, and seems or be ill suited to take on by him/herself. However he unleashes an amazing power that he is granted right when he is in need of it, usually by a young woman (for example, Yusuke Urameshi and Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho and Ichigo and Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach) The main character, after being granted his/her strange and unusual powers, will eventually make friends, and soon becomes a force to be dealt with, despite him starting out as an average high school punk. This character will also usually gain an über-powerful master that teaches them discipline, causing them to become even more powerful. Also, for some very strange reason, these characters are commonly given the task of hunting down supernatural beings after dying or doing something that should have resulted in their death, as well as being a sort of police officer. This, however, is not entirely a part of the stereotype, and appears to be more closely related to coincidences when writing the characters. They usually have no Main Bad guy, but more of Main Bad guys in different story arcs. A final main bad guy is established, but not after going through multiple minor Main bad guys in the process.
List of Fighting Main Character Stereotypes:
Ichigo of the series Bleach: Ichigo was just a punk at his high school who could see ghosts, until one day he was attack by a giant hungry ghost called a Hollow that attempted to eat him. He was saved by a young girl, Rukia , who gave him her powers so that he could defend his family. Since that day, he as become one of the most powerful spirit reapers out there.
Yusuke Urameshi from the series Yu Yu Hakusho: Yusuke was just a punk at his school, until one day, he died saving a young child from a car. He met Botan, and was granted another chance at life. After he came back to life, he become a detective for the spirit agency which Botan was a part of. After that day, he was pitted against some of the most powerful villains in the spirit world.
Kamui Shiro from the series X/1999: Though Kamui always knew that he had powers beyond human comprehension, he attempted to avoid his destiny as the key to the apocalypse and became a fighter at his school, fighting all those who oppressed the weak. Unfortunately, he was pulled back into his fate, and he had to fight for the end of humanity itself.
The Mixed Main Character
There are some instances of mixing these two kinds of main character stereotypes, resulting in an innocent and
happy High School student who is flung into a strange and abnormal situation in which they are forced to fight in situations that they are unprepared for. Again, they are usually granted abnormal powers from a female character and also usually results in them being killed or almost being killed (unless the mixed main character is a girl. They will usually just discover the power for themselves.) The mixed main character will be at first viewed as just a young and non-threatening person, but will always prove themselves as time goes on, even to that one guy who always say that they can’t do it.
List of Mixed Main Character Stereotypes:
Kazuki from the series Buso Renkin: Kazuki was a simple high school kid who liked to goof off and never thought before he acted, however, this led to his death when he got in between a girl and a raging Homunculus. The girl, Tokiko, turned out to be magical, and she brought him back to life using a mystical item. He would later become one of the most powerful alchemists to date.
Light Yagami from the series Death Note: Light was just your typical super genius high school student until the day that he saw from his classroom window a book falling. This book, the Death Note, gave him the power to kill whoever’s name was written in it. That day, he began killing criminals as the mysterious Kira.
Sakura from the series Cardcaptors Sakura: Originally a simple school girl, Sakura’s life would forever change when she one day came across a book holding within it multiple cards. When she touched them, though, the cards flew away, and she was told by a a small floating plushie that she had to collect all of the cards again. From that day on, she had to hunt down all of the card she had released.
Fuma Mono from the series X/1999: Fuma was just an ordinary, Kind, and handsome high school kid, but do to a cruel twist of fate, He, along with his best friend Kamui, were doomed to become the keys to the end of the world. He lost everything when Kamui chose his path, and he gained power beyond imagine, though becoming evil.
The Anti-Hero is a staple in almost every Shonen known to man kind. The Anti-Hero is one whose life is riddled with memories of a dark and tragic past (usually caused from the Evil Brother/Father character talked about below.) The Anti-hero then grows into an angered youth, and their view of right and wrong has become blurred. Usually, revenge or some sort of other external drive causes them to become partially evil. This could eventually lead to them becoming a Fallen Hero (see Below), but this is a rare occurrence. The Anti-Heroes usually have their past at the front of their mind, resulting in them to come across as a large amount of teenage Angst, and if this angst is shown two much, the character can commonly be labeled as Emo by fans of the series. These characters usually start out as a bad guy and though they become good, they still are a rival of the main character. Anti-Heroes are usually featured in stories focusing on an Innocent Main Character, providing a contrast between the two (though appearance in a series with a fighting protagonist is also commonly used, but just not as commonly.) The Anti-Hero is always originally at odds with the main character, but will eventually become friends with him. Whether this friendship will last or not is up to the writers, but eventually, the Anti-Hero will become the Heroes true friend by the end of the series.
List of Anti-Hero Stereotypes:
Sasuke from the series Naruto: Sasuke became a dark and unstable child after his brother killed his entire family. Sasuke then became driven by his need for revenge, but his resolve began to slip after he met Naruto, who he eventually grew to see as his best friend. This would eventually change, though (see Fallen Heroes Section for details)
Vegeta from the series Dragon Ball: Vegeta started out the series as a villain, but after getting his butt handed to him by a certain hero, he turned the other cheek and joined there side. Through the entire series, his main goal is to better then [[Goku:char:19765], and at many times his dark traits got in the way of saving the day.
Hiei from the series Yu Yu Hakusho: Hiei started out the series as a villain, but became a reluctant hero after he was defeated. Through the series, he grows to be one of the main good guys, though he always keeps the dark aspect that defines him.
Hao from the series Shaman King: Hao is one of the main villains of a series who can be classified as working towards a good cause. After seeing that the world was being destroyed, he decided to kill those who had caused the destruction, humanity. Though he did evil things, it was for a good cause, defining him as an anti-hero.
The Fighting Sidekick
The Fighting Sidekick is one who fights alongside the Main Character, and is commonly seen by his side in almost all of the battles. The Sidekick is usually looked down upon by the other protagonists, and there for, they are forced to prove themselves multiple times. They usually become great friends with the main character, even though they originally started out on rocky terms. Throughout the story, the Sidekick will most likely be kidnapped, and due to the friendship between them and the Main Character, the Main Character will become obsessed with getting them back. The Sidekick may also have the ability to do some feats deemed impossible, but his moments of glory are usually overshadowed by the feats of the Main Character.
List of Fighting Sidekick Stereotypes:
Kazuma Kuwabara from the series Yu Yu Hakusho: Kuwabara was always counted as the second most dangerous person on school campus, and was only beaten by Yusuke Urameshi, a fact that he took to heart. Even after he became a spirit detective along with Urameshi, he was always overshadowed by Yusuke’s achievements.
Chao-Zu from the series dragonball is a tiny little person who was tiens sidekick (many thaght they were outloud and proud). He proved himself worthy in the battle against Vegeta.
The Innocent Sidekick
The Innocent Sidekick is one who is there for no other reason then for a laugh and a relief in the stories tension. This is one of the few stereotypes NOT employed in the Naruto franchise (unless you count some of the summons), although it has been found in Bleach, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Buso Renkin. The Innocent Sidekick is one who very rarely has any powers what so ever, a fact which is commonly used against the main character, in which he is forced to save his average Joe friend. The Innocent Sidekick also rarely is aware of the main character’s amazing abilities, but learns through time that they are a true powerhouse. This is not always the case though, as the sidekick may be aware of the main character’s prowess from when they first appear. Sometime, the writer of the Anime decides to kill off the Innocent sidekick, and the story then begins to take on one of the darkest turns in the series. However, this is in the minority of the series involving a Innocent Sidekick.
List of Innocent Sidekick Stereotypes
Oolong:Nowhere near as innnocent as he looked at the beginning, we swear.
Rin: Just a simple orphan girl who fellows Sesshomaru after he revived her from the dead and since she is the only thing that the Demon Lord cares for, he has saved from both death and kidnappings.
One of the most iconic stereotypes in the manga business. The perverted character has seen so many appearances that it has come to be a sort of staple in shonen mangas. However, these characters commonly are the exact same type of person, and always seem to act to similar, a trait that can take away from the enjoyment of reading a manga.
There are two types of the perverts, those who are there to teach the main characters an extremely important lesson and/or technique, and those who seem to always follow around the character for some odd reason. These two characters always have one glowing trait, they seem to have no dignity or pride, and will flirt with
any girl that they see. This always leads to rejection in one form or another, from having the girl slap them across the cheek to learning that the girl was only a ploy to distract them. Despite their questionable activities, though, the perverted character is always very powerful, and helps the main character on multiple occasions, and will become one of the biggest friends to the main character, whether as a teacher or as a traveling companion. The main character grows to depend on their power, and also comes to friendly terms with their kind yet straightforward attitude. Also, the girl who the pervert mainly associates with will almost always gain an affection (and maybe love) for the pervert, despite the fact that he does multiple sexually harassing things to her on a daily basis.
List of the Pervert Stereotypes:
Jiraiya:Don't even joke about not knowing why this guy is a perv, please.
Master Roshi: Of course, Master Roshi was the original master pervert, when it came to getting Bulma Briefs to flash him or simply staring at dirty magazines, he stayed perverted for the duration of the Dragonball/Z series.
Miroku: The monk from Inuyasha, he always asked for Sango, wait, no, what are we thinking, any woman he met if they would have his children. He continued to reach for women he didn't even know, and proved his perversion through his many wisecracks in the series.
Brock: was a Pokemon trainer who was utterly obsessed with all of the Nurse Joy's, so much that, despite them all looking completely identical, he was able to differentiate them from things as simple as their perfume or the length of their skirts.
Oolong: was a shape shifting pig, another DBZ character who, at the beginning of the series, turned into a handsome man to fool Bulma into going out with him. He was extremely perverted to the end, even pretending to be Goku at one point to fulfill some of his disturbing needs.
The Character X stereotype refers to the character who’s face is always hidden, and is meant to add a mysterious edge to the character. The character is almost always a character who had been introduced before, usually as being dead, and who hides their after their “death” or disappearance. Hint after hint are dropped for the character X stereotype’s real identity that it becomes less of a mystery of their identity and more of a mystery why the main character can’t realize it. Eventually, the identity of the main character is finally revealed, much to the main characters shock. The X-Characters are also known to come out of nowhere to save the hero at the last minute, say a few words of encouragement, and then leave the same way he appeared. This usually increases their fan-base greatly, but at the same time, it becomes slightly repetitive, and can lead to a very predictable plot.
List of Character X Stereotypes:
Racer X (one of the classics)
Tobi (A case of being mislead into thinking he is another character.)
Haku (he was actually the boy in the mask, unbeknownst to Naruto)
Riku (when he wore the Organization XIII hood)
The Blue Spirit
The Fallen Hero
The Fallen Hero is one of the less known stereotypes in the Manga world, but it is still present, and therefore will be appearing on this page. The Fallen Hero is one who was originally a kind and caring fighter and person with morals seen as heroic, but, after a hardship in their life, they became a dark and evil force, and one of the main obstacles to the main characters. The Fallen Hero is always extraordinarily powerful, and commonly kills people close to the main character. Usually, their past is shown in a long, chapter long flashback that provides the question of why they became evil, and will later have an equally long chapter detailing how they became evil, and when they tell their story to the main character, they attempt to bring the main character onto their side, and though it seems to effect the main character, they never switch sides. The Fallen Hero will then attack him in a famous battle. The Fallen Hero has either two different possibilities, they will either die in after being forgiven by the main character, or they will become a friend at the end.
List of the fallen hero stereotypes:
Riku:Sora's best friend who fell to darkness attempting to save the remaining part of the Destiny Island's trio, Kairi. Eventually he came back to the light, no less than a complete bad@$$.
Itachi:Unbeknownst to Sasuke, he had in fact been doing all of these insane crimes, such as killing his entire clan, to save him from Madara Uchiha, aka Tobi (or so we're told).
Sasuke Ironically, he fell in order to kill his already fallen brother.
Ikki, Saint of Phoenix:
The influential deceased character is a character that appears throughout the manga in flashbacks and in conversations as important to the events currently going on… despite the fact that he is dead. The influential deceased character always leaves a lasting impression on those around him or her, and never does the author EVER let you forget their influence. Usually, they always sacrifice their life for a great cause that is utterly selfless, and that sends the main character into the adventure they are experiencing. Also, regardless of what happens in the story, the influential deceased will always remain dead, though they may appear as ghosts or in dreams. When they do appear in such a manner, it is always to deliver a speech that makes the main character follow their path and become a true hero.
List of the Influential Deceased stereotype:
The Evil Older Sibling
Now, here's one that's almost always present in any anime or manga, the main or sidekick's older sibling.
Most people see these as "invincible", and the older brother characters are always extremely powerful, in fact more so a prodigy than the main character after them. They are nearly always "renegades" and/or wanderers in the universes they live in. In most of these situations, the older brother's younger sibling is either striving to become better than them, or to kill them, like Sasuke wanting to slay Itachi for killing his entire clan. These big brother figures are nearly never there to support said younger sibling in times of need, and are often the source of the younger sibling's hatred. They are never good examples to said younger siblings as they make "mistakes" or commit horrible crimes that cause their siblings to hate them. However, in the end, these characters tend to come back and prove how they were such good people in actuality, by finding out that they actually attempted or did save them, to their surprise and disbelief.
List of the Evil Older Sibling Stereotype:
Sesshomaru: Come on guys, everyone knows our favorite white wolf demon. He's Inuyasha's older brother, and extremely powerful, in fact so powerful that he slew Naraku nearly instantly when they met.
Itachi: Sasuke's older brother, the slayer of his clan, possibly the most powerful in Konoha.
Princess Azula: Prince Zuko's older sister, a woman of her word....not
Zane: the Bad Boy older brother of Syrus.
Ikki, Saint of Phoenix: When he first appeared, Ikki was the evil older sibling to passive Shun.
Raditz from the dragonbal z series. he is gokus older brother and he proved to be much stronger than goku at the time.
The Bossy Girlfriend
Anna, a fiancée who is more likely to kill you then to love you
The bossy girl is one of the main characters in most series who always seems to beat up the main character, despite them actually caring for the main character. They usually tell the main character what to do, and, despite the fact that the main character is usually a hard-head about certain things, they will eventually do what they are told. The bossy girl is also commonly used as a love interest for the main character, though this is not always the case, and in many cases it is left up to the reader to decide. The bossy character is always a gamble for authors though, as a reader will usually either like them or be seriously annoyed by them, and it is usually the latter. This is due to the fact that they are always obsessed with two things, the first one being interchangeable, and the second being beating up the main character. This kind of personality brings the character across as one sided, and it is very hard to actually add depth to the character. However, by the end of the story, you'll enjoy seeing these hardy females go at it with their male partners, as they are often the only comedic part of the series left.
List of the Bossy Girlfriend Stereotype:
Chi Chi from the dragonball/z/gt series. she was always bossy telling goku to stop fighting and gohan to do his homework
You saw it coming
The Mascot is a character who is only there for the point of having a cute animal to show people knew to the series. Usually, they are shown in a comedic light, though sometimes they do their share of angst, but rarely with it being shown as amazingly serious. Mascots are often used in marketing material, but are always worked in to be a vital part of the plot, despite the fact that it could easily be changed to not include a cute and fluffy animal. Sometimes, though it is not fluffy, but this is rarely seen.
List of the Mascot Stereotype:
Amidamaru (in ghost ball form)
Ponygon....come on guys, you gotta love Ponygon.
The Magical Girl
Yes, he is in fact a magical girl
The Magical girl is a common addition to an action Manga. The magical girl is usually a young, beautiful girl who gives the main character of one of the main characters amazing magical powers. The Magical girl rarely ever does anything else except for tell the main character something about the power that should have been mentioned from the beginning. This makes them a common annoyance to the reader most of the time. However, they are less ANNOYING when they actually do something, such as fight or be evil.
List of the Magical Girl Stereotype:
The Instant Prodigy
Suzaku is shot in the back, yet he is still able to defeat an army with something he had never piloted before.
The Instant prodigy is a stereotype describing any character that is able to adapt to some amazingly hard and complex device without any complex training, and being able to do it better then some of the pros. This is a common stereotype for manga involving Mechas, and almost always appears in some way or form, usually as the main character. This can kind of draw away from the believability of the series, and can turn away many fans in an instant. The Instant prodigy also always seems to be a teenager who shouldn’t even be slightly aware of how to fight. If they didn’t, though, then we wouldn’t have a plot, and, well…
List of the Instant Prodigy Stereotype:
Rose, Sonic doesn’t like you like that. Get a life.
Also known as the Obsessive Character Stereotype. The Fan-Girl Stereotype refers to any character that utterly idolizes a character in the series. Their obsession grows to the point that they would give up anything for the character they are obsessed with, and this is VERY hard to make believable, especially since the character they love usually treats them like crap. However, there are obviously some characters that have been shown as believable with this stereotype. We will show them as soon as we can think of them.
List of the Fan-Girl Stereotype:
Amy: Though she was not originally published as a manga, she was in a manga, and will therefore be counted here.
Rin: Rin has a small crush on Sesshomaru.
The Heartthrob character is one who can always get a girl, though it is common that they don’t want the girl. Some will use this to their advantage, but this is not common. The characters in this stereotype always seem to vary, but the main fact is that they should not be the ones who get the girls, as it seems to be the most unlikely occurrence, mainly do to the way they act. This is also commonly a mystery to the other male characters in the series, though this is more out of jealousy then out of common sense.
List of the Heartthrob Stereotype:
The Right-Hand Man
The Captain, almost never away from his master’s side
The Right-Hand Man refers to the character who is always the main bad guy’s chief subordinate. The Right-Hand Man is one of the most loyal characters working for the main bad guy, and he would be shot, dismembered, thrown into radioactive waste, and nuked if the main bad guy asked him to. Strangely, the Right Hand man commonly is more powerful then the main bad guy, but despite their obvious power advantage, they still serve the main bad guy unwaveringly. They will usually be the last defense for the main bad guy, as well as being their personal spy and assassin.
List of the Right Hand Man Stereotype:
Nappa: Nappa was vegetas sidekick until he was easily killed by Goku.
The Emotionless Character
Show no emotion. They can sense it…
The Emotionless Character refers to the character that never seems to show any change in their facial expressions, tone, and act despite whatever situation they are in. The Emotionless Character is always one of the Main Character’s best friends, despite rarely showing an emotion that could be constituted as friendship. Despite this, they do have positive feelings for the main character. They just don’t show it. This stereotype also refers to the characters that always show only one emotion, such as always smiling and being happy. They originally come across as just being happy/sad/weird; however, they are always shown to be much more in depth, which is later revealed through a series of flashbacks or long speeches given by the emotionless character.
List of the Emotionless Character Stereotype:
The Anthropomorphic Character
Yes, he is in fact a Giant man-eating demon Dog
The Anthropomorphic Character is a character who displays both the traits of a human and the traits of another animal. This includes characters who were originally an animal but took on human form, a human that took on animal form, or just a mix of something. These characters usually look almost exclusively human, except for ears, a tail, or both being visible on them. Some characters don’t even have animal ears, but appear to have animal ears, and are therefore considered anthropomorphic.
One of the most common anthropomorphic combinations is the female cat-girl. This seems to be a common fetish( See Moe).
List of Anthropomorphic character Stereotypes:
Otowa, perhaps the most minor She-male in history
In manga, there always the slight possibility that that a character who looks like a girl, and sometimes acts like a girl, but is really a boy! Most of the time, they are actually powerful fighters who fight the good guys. Their drag appearance, though, is often very confusing, and if you were to miss the issue in which they revealed that they were a guy, you will continue to believe that they are a girl, and will think the editor screwed up when referring to the girl as a he.
Haku(probably the best known She-Male Character in manga history)
The Overpowered Child
She is one of the most dangerous people in the series
The overpowered child refers to anyone who has the form of a kid, yet is capable of feats far beyond the scope that is expected of them. The overpowered kid is commonly shown as being even more powerful then his/her adult counterparts, and has been shown to wipe out some of the most dangerous and powerful enemies at the time. Another common aspect for this stereotype is that they will always battle a character that someone is losing to, and will do a better ob at first. Then, they will be beaten, but also giving the original fighter a fighting chance.
List of the Overpowered Child Stereotype:
The Furries (or Animal characters):
In most manga, there is usually a handfull of characters in the series that is an man-animal in a world of humans. The main furry characters are usually classified as either powerful loners characters who are shunned by the world for their appearance or just savage wild men who work for the bad guy.
List of the Animal Characters:
Grimmjow Jeagerjaques: (originally started our as a jaguar like creature but 'evolved' into a human form.
Goku: At the full moon all saiyans turn into the Oozaru monkey
The Most Powerful
The Most Powerful character stereotype refers to the characters who are commonly referred to as the undefeatable and the most dangerous in a specific area. These characters almost always act as dark, mysterious, and motionless, keeping an air of danger around them. These characters, if provoked, will destroy whoever they are up against in a manner similar to a pathetic death. Commonly, one of the main character's goals in life is to become better then this best-of-the-best person, and will be deeated by them at least once. however, they never give up on their battle, and will always somehow achieve their goal.
List of the Most Powerful Stereotype:
The Third Hokage
The Moe Character
Sailor Moon, almost the Definition of Moe…
Do not be fooled by the name. This is not referring to Moe (Mō) but Moe (Mō-ā). In other words, this refers to a sexually stimulating character. The Female Fan-Service Character is a must have for almost any manga series directed at a male audience. These characters are always shown with large and well exposed chests, a thin waste, and are always viewed sexually by the boys in the series. It is a very common occurrence for the Moe character to be groped and manhandled, only for them to 1. Cry in a very girly voice or 2. Beat the living daylights out of the person groping them. Also, Moe are commonly shown in costumes that elicit a fetish (ie. A nurse costume, a maid costume, sailor costumes with super short skirts, etc.) or are referred to as one of these fetishes. Some series also seem to be entirely created on the Moe characters. Strangely, though, the Moe characters commonly seem to have a positive reaction from male fan. I wonder why…
List of Moe Stereotypes:
The Alter Ego
Satan, secretly the alter ego of an ambitious child conqueror
The dark alter ego is one where the character goes into a dark and dangerous state where they lose all of their past ideals and take on a different personality. This other version of the character is always insanely powerful, but also amoral to the point that they can’t even be trusted to use their power justly (this includes having a spirit live within you as long as it can take control of the body to an extent.) The Alter ego appears when the character most needs it: when they are about to lose to a much more powerful opponent (A friend dying or appearing to die is also common.) The main character will then battle this old threat that had them beat second before, and will defeat them without the trouble they had experienced before. Although this appears very useful at first though, the character is then faced with the trouble of keeping this evil personality in check, though the character will eventually conquer this threat and be able to use the alter ego’s power without fear of losing themselves.
Examples of the Alter Ego Stereotype:
Vampire Seras Victoria
Avatar State Aang
THE STEREOTYPE COUNT
Which series has the most manga stereotypes for action characters? Who proves to be the most Stereotypical? Here’s your chance to find out!!due to the fact that this page is not yet finished, and does not have every character ever created for manga, this result may not be true, but it is the best we could come up with with what we have. We thank you for understanding.
Battle B-Damon: 1
Speed Racer: 1
Tokyo Babylon: 1
Zatch Bell: 1
Buso Renkin: 2
Cardcaptors Sakura: 3
Death Note: 3
Neon Genesis Evangelion: 4
One Piece: 4
Shaman King: 4
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: 5
Kingdom Hearts: 5
Rurouni Kenshin: 5
Love Hina: 6
Dragon Ball: 7
Yu Yu Hakusho: 8
[[Avatar: The Last Airbender:vol:19410]]: 9
Sailor Moon: 10
And the winner is…
Naruto, coming in at a whomping 22 listed stereotypes puts all the other series to shame. Congratulations Naruto. You are now officially the most Stereotypical on the vine… Believe it.
Stereotypical Manga Concepts
Of course, in any action manga...well, any manga we can think of, somebody has to die, and here is a count of all the most used deaths in any anime/manga. Some of these deaths are pointless, like the pathetic deaths section below, as it only shows us tht the writer could come up with no reason to really make the character in the first place. However, these due make some dark comedic moments for readers, as many of these deaths are hilarious. Then, there are the tear jerking ones that really kill you to watch, as you generally know that said character is going to die, and said character happens to be one of your favorites. Also, it would seem that under no circumstances, under any reason, should a character be able to die a normal death, such as a heart attack or old age. If so, there must be a certain or special reason why this said character had to die this way.
Throughout every action manga, there is nearly always a death scene that was unnecessary for the series to progress, often just to show a new character's "power" by instantly killing a/ many lackeys or side characters with no importance to the story.
These characters are almost always antagonistic to the main character for some period of time, and only kill these people as an entrance for what seems to be a sheer lack of creativity for an introduction. The deaths of these lackeys are almost done in less than a second or off screen, proving the "power" that this new character/characters have compared to the main character. This action can happen in basically anywhere in the storyline, but it seems it is almost entirely necessary for it to cameo, in any manga that involves fighting.
List of the Pathetic Deaths:
note, this is a list of characters that have killed characters off insanely quickly, not the characters killed, as these nearly never play any role in the story or have a name
Drawn Out Character Deaths
Then, of course, there are the characters that have extremely long, drawn out deaths. These are usually very sad, foreshadowed, and painful, as can be determined by the way the character lived their life, like, say, Itachi from Naruto, or Zabuza, of the same series.
Possibly the saddest character death yet in Naruto...
These characters deaths generally bring out the good in them, or at least shed light on how they really took life, ie when Itachi, rather than attempting to rip out Sasuke's eyes once again, poked him in the forehead, transferring all of his Sharingan techniques into him to keep him alive. Or Zabuza's infamous charge through all of Gato's minions. These deaths happen quite often, generally when you know the character is about to die, like, say, Shishio. However, his death was not necessarily one of a protagonist or revealing of the light within him, if there was any. Main villains of series always have extremely large, drawn out deaths, especially when represented in video games, where they seem to take up several minutes to simply fade off screen. Maes Hughes, of Fullmetal Alchemist, had a death scene that was extremely sad, killing him off in a phone booth, and Light Yagami from Death Note also had a death of this stereotype, making what was actually a minute's countdown to a heart attack seem like an hour, screaming for help in the corridors of his mind.
List of Drawn out Deaths for Characters:
The first Greed
The Third Hokage
Piccolo(only to be resurrected)
ShishioThis refers to the final death of a character referred to as the main antagonist. This death is almost always seen, since the bad guy never wins. However, there are some cases where the Main bad guy reforms at the end of the series, and in this case, they will either live or have a drawn out character death. The Final victory death is usually the most climactic point of the series, with the hero, despite being beaten, battered, and 95% dead, is able to gain his true victory over the main bad guy and finally kill him. The main character will then somehow heal from his nearly fatal wounds and celebrate with his friends, and the main bad guy will always just be a bad guy. This stereotype has been employed the most by the series Dragon Ball Z.
Final Victory Deaths
List of Final Victory Deaths:
NOTICE: This list also includes defeats of characters who, despite not dying, are never seen again, and almost never referred to again.
Even more so than death, a manga/anime has to have weapons, it's just essential. Actually, when we say weapons, we basically mean swords. Name on anime or manga without a sword, we dare you. Every character has their own weapon, be it chakrams, a sword, an axe, their breath, who knows. But we do know that every character from the dog walking down the street to the old grandpa who sits in the cafe with his tea has a weapon, maybe not a fearful one, but a weapon none the less. Here's a list of the most used:
Okay guys, there is no manga without one of these. There just isn't, it has to defy some law. In nearly every manga there is a blade, and plenty of characters use them.
The Masamune...a sword famous to gamers everywhere...
These blades can list from anything short of a simple katana or a legendary sword with building splitting properties. the characters that use these weapons can have such diverse characteristics to their moral values and character that it's impossible to call them a stereotype, but maybe a little diversity of weapons would be nice. One thing is for sure though, is that if a character has a sword, they can almost never be injured by a bullet or any other weapon but a sword...unless of course the character they are fighting is their master.
List of Sword Using character Stereotypes:
Kenshin Himura, the most famous manga main character with a blade.
Sanosuke Sagara Sagara, while he didnt use a sword for very long, he certainly used it well.
Saito Hajime, one of Kenshin's bitter rivals to the end, though a good friend in the long run.
Yahiko became a second Kenshin, so of course he had a blade of his own.
Kaoru was a practitioner of the Kamiya Kasshin ryu, and was also the teacher of her sword school.
Aoshi Shinomori was the leader of the Oniwabanshu, and made good use of his blades in battle.
Jin'e was an amazing sword fighter and Kenshin's rival, the only one to defeat Kenshin in battle throughout the entire series. At least, not lose to him...
Guns are almost always used by characters who are the grunt soldiers or the character who is always hunting the main character. The gun will then be utterly useless, never being able to hit the main character, or when they actually succeed in hitting the character, they are utterly unable to hit then in a vital area. However, there is then the possibility that the main character has the gun, and in these instances, the main character is able to hit a fly five hundred feet away tied up with both of their eyes closed and with five hundred people in the way. A gun is only portrayed as "useful" in manga when held by one of the major characters. If used by some random enemy, the shots A.) Never connect, not once, not twice, out of one thousand shots; or B.) Directly hit the target multiple times and not do an ounce of damage to it.
Manga Hair Color
The Hair color of a Manga Character has been shown to be a deciding factor in the personality and power of a manga character. This has appeared in almost every media where the characters can summon a great burst of Energy.
Whenever a character has either silver or white hair, there are oly two possibilities, they are either amazing powerhouses, or the are old. Let us begin with the insane power houses. Though these characters always appear to be just simple and never start out seemingly powerful, they are still capable of doing attacks assaults and all that of nearly godly perportions. For instance, if they originally appeared to be slow characters not being able to dodge something that appears to be amazingly easy to dodge, they later are able to move faster then the naked eye is able to see. However, if the characters are amazingly old, then they are either a main character or a side character that does nothing. If they are of the former, though, then they are still able to beat other characters early 100 years younger then them with ease, and be able to still do feats of inhuman perportions.
List of Characters with White/Silver Hair:
Kurama (when in Yoko Kurama Form)
Most of the characters with red hair are commonly hotheaded and commonly are some of the first to jump into a fight. Also, they always seem to have some sort of romantic attachment to someone, though whether this is about being obsessed with someone or just being a womanizers varies, however. Red headed characters are commonly in the fighting stereotypes (either fighting sidekick or fighting main characters). This hair color stereotype, though, is not nearly as common as the silver/white hair stereotype.
List of characters with redish hair:
Manga Blood Types
The blood type of the characters in Manga is a deciding factor in their personality traits. The blood types of these characters is recorded in the the A/B/O scale.
Blood Type O
The characters who are born with the O blood type are characters who have traits where they are sociable and always get along well with others. They are also shown to be both agreeable with what others say, and are also the people who look at the glass as half full, as opposed to half empty. However, these characters are also commonly very vain, thinking only of what will best benefit them, and, do to there carefree nature, they can also be very careless. another strange negative trait for these kind of characters is that they can be very ruthless.
Blood Type A
The characters who have an A type blood are very earnest about others, showing their caring and nkind nature to all those around them (though they can sometimes be a bit to earnest). These characters are also creative, coming up with many different plans on the spur of the moment. They are also capable of being very calm and sensible in different times and areas, allowing them to be very analytical of there surroundings and of multiple different possiblities. However, they can be overly detailed in there plans, and can be very compulsive in doing their plans in the EXACT way that they planned.
Blood Type B
The Character with a blood type B are very wild about there lives, enjoying what the do, and they do do a lot. these characters are always doing what they set there mind to, and can not be stopped from doing what they want to do. These characters are also always seen with a smile on there face, enjoying what they do immensly. However, doing what they do, these characters can be very selfish, only trying to do what they want, as well as being irresponsible in there attempts at completeing there goal. Also, they are commonly very ignorant of the ways of the world around them.
Blood Type AB
A character with this specific blood type is commonly controlled and rational in his/her thought process. They are almost always unphased by the horrible things that they see, and almost always have the exact same expression, regardless of the situation which they are currently in. However, this rationla thought process can make them appear very cold, alienating them from their peers. These characters are also very indecisive, usually when their emotions are involved, as well as very critical of their peers.
Laws of Manga Physics
For anyone who has ever read or heard of manga has discovered the one total and godly rule for all manga, the laws of Physics are absolutely useless. Therefore, The Manga Laws physics, a list detailing the physical possibilities commonly found in Manga, was created. These Different physical possibilities are commonly found within Manga, and have been used so many times that they have now fallen to the point of a stereotype.
please note that all the theorys listed in this section are meant to be satirical, and are by no means actual explanations for the concepts listed
The Big Head
In times of anger, Manga characters are able to manipulate the size and shape of their head.
Characters in Manga are capable of increasing the size of their head. This ability only seems to manifest, though, when the character who displays this power experiences a large amount of anger at one person in particular. Their head then grows to a size larger then their body, and they will scream angrily at the person they are angry at.
A variant of this law is that the characters face will change shape, their teeth will begin to show gaps, their pupils disappear, and their mouth widens incredibly, giving them a cartoonish look. Also, when they are not at the anger level that they shout at the person, a vain shall appear on their head, and shall bulge menacingly for a few seconds. This vein usually appears when a character beats their comrade down for doing something stupid.
The Magical Yell
The voice of a character or their loved ones is able to increase the power of said character
Characters in Manga, whenever they appear to transform, almost always let out a long and anguished yell. The cause of this is unknown, but it has been speculated that it is caused by excruciating pain caused from the power-up, or by the amazing pleasure caused by said power-up. Either way, this yell always seems to be optional, as later transformations will have this scream absent.
In a similar fashion, whenever a character has been almost killed, the scream from a loved one is some how able to both heal the wounds to the point that they no longer plague the character and increase their power to the point that they can obliterate the enemy who they are facing.
The Fourth Dimension
Characters in Manga have discovered the ability to store different items in another dimension and to someone these items at will
The Fourth Dimension has come to be one of the most used powers in Manga. This power is usually always held by the female of the group, and she becomes capable of summoning large weapons and such from this strange rift. However, this power never seems to be used in battle situations (many believe that this is because the immense aura of evil that the enemy puts off interferes with the dimensional manipulation of the character.)
Common Items that are stored in the Fourth dimension are Mallets, Bazookas, and baseball bats. All of these also appear to be unable to cause serious injury to the person hit with them (theorized to be do to weakening of the atoms resulting from the dimensional shift.) As fellow fans of manga, we like to dub this unknown area (generally behind the female characters back) "Malletspace", as in multiple manga series it is shown that these characters have access to hammers behind their backs....hmmmm.
The Hair Style
The hair of a character is able to take on any color or shape, regardless of how impossible
The Hairstyle held by characters is one of the most distinct features of Manga.
Need we say more?
The hair is able to take on any shape that is wished by the owner of the hair. Also, even without the use of hair products, the hair of the character is capable of standing literally straight up, and can take up the color of any wished shade, from black to white. The style of the characters hair is even able to change shape and color with a thought, a most well seen in the famous Manga series Dragon Ball Z. Then of course, characters seem to be born with blue, green, or purple hair. Nothing special about it, and an albino seems pretty normal in any anime/manga world, just as often as you find a brunette.
All hair can not be destroyed by means of guns, energy, or fire. The only thing capable of destroying hair is a blade
Whenever a character is caught in a large explosion, shot in the head, or blasted by energy (which, in retrospect, would kill them anyways), their clothes are left in tatters, their body id bloody and battered, but their hair still keeps shape and style, and is never destroyed in these occurrences. So far, the only possible way to destroy the hair of a manga character is to have them narrowly dodge the attack. Their hair always seems to cut for dramatic emphasis, yet is strangely never shown any shorter after being cut.
Also, it has been commonly noted that the power of a character seems to be dependent on their hair length, and when they become stronger, their hair length seems to grow. This is often sited as the reason for the invulnerability of hair, as it is a defense mechanism to control the character’s power.
Main Character Physics
The main character in an anime is always going to live through a fight, or be brought back after said fight
Basically, any main character that happens to get into a skirmish and get cut, can not die from poison or blood loss. It simply seems to be physically impossible, as mentioned before in the deaths section, to be killed by something normal. Should debris from a crumbling building fall on a main character, they can not die from it, ever, unless of course they come back to life within minutes (in which case you can hardly call it dying). They also are able to defy the laws of physics at any moment during their fight, without ever being shown to do so before. Also, it would seem that a main character equipped with a blade is able to defeat any manner of opponent, and, if they happen to have a charging motion towards you, and there's a sudden flashback/splitscreen/flash of light, and they end up behind you, you have immediately lost the fight, it would seem.
During a fight, a character is able to display stamina that is not present at any other time
Throughout any and all shonen action manga, there is always a fight scene. In fact, we can't dare think of a series that would go without one, even in the direst of circumstances. There are tons and tons of fight scenes in manga and anime, but none are more memorable than the main character vs. his rival, or the battle that has been built upon for the entire series, ie The Sasuke/Itachi fight or the Goku/Vegeta fights. There are always the fight scenes that require little to no effort to see who's going to win, but most of these are listed under "Pathetic Deaths". In manga, the fight scenes are always filled with epic moments, and generally last much, much longer than a fight between any normal human would have. We'd list the stereotype count here, but let's face it guys, you can't name a single character that doesn't have an action sequence in shonen manga.
Every time that someone is introduced into a series, they usually are able to instantaneously defeat an enemy, proving they do have some power.
Now, every manga character has to have an introduction,right? Well, of course they do, otherwise they aren't a character in the series. Well, this isn't exactly a stereotype that can be avoided, but some of these intros are used way too much, like the instantaneous death entrance.
Yes he is O_O
There are some good ways to introduce new characters that aren't done ever so often, though, like Death Note's L. All he did was say his name, but he made sure to be just as cool as any other manga anime character out there while doing it. Most main characters are introduced in a rather indifferent way, making them very boring to watch. Come on guys...Kenshin did it, not everyone else has to too...(when we say this, we are referring to the typical "One Hit KO" intro on the first antagonist of the series).
The number four, when mentioned, always has mystical proportions.
Okay, how does a demon become a Saint? I'm lost here
-Yusuke Urameshi, Yuyu Hakusho
Suzaku, the Leader of the Four Saint Beasts
Okay, so it is just a number, but it's still represented in manga a lot...well, maybe far too much. There are almost always a group of four characters in a single group that the main characters have to fight, every single series that I personally can account for. these characters are usually mirror opposites of the characters in the main characters group, as there are usually four in this too, counting the heroine five, but of course the writers decide that she will never participate in a major battle. The most notable and memorable of these would have to be The Four Saint Beasts of Yuyu Hakusho. It was Yusuke's (the main character) first battle where he could have actually died, and his friends (Kurama, Hiei, and Kuwabara) fought one of the members each, winning all of their battles. Of course, they were left behind and had to "stop the enemies from getting in" so yusuke could have his one on one match with their leader, Suzaku. Similar things happen in manga with characters like this, the leader can never be taken down like he should be, treated as a true threat to humanity, but only by the main character himself
Whenever a character begins a fight with someone else, they will be the only ones able to fight said person, despite any friends being there
This law appears to be related to the "four" law stated before. Whenever a group of characters come to fight a super-strong main bad guy, they will always split up, one person fighting one of the enemies they encounter, leaving a clear path for the main character to run through to new enemies, even though it would be ten times quicker if all of them were to just gang up and defeat the enemy. However, when a five on one fight does occur, it is almost always against a villain who can fight five enemies on equal grounds (commonly referred to as Power-Rangers Syndrome).
Whenever there is the death of a protagonist in a series, it always seems to strengthen the main protagonist. If it is the Main protagonist who dies, they then always become much more powerful and come back to life.
Related to the Magical yell stereotype. This law states that death is in fact one of the most useful things in the series, as it will always seem to strengthen someone (usually the main protagonist.) Though this would usually be attributed to an increased resolve to take revenge, the sheer magnitude of this power increase is much more then could normally be constituted by an increased resolve. One theory attributed to this is that when a character dies, they open up a dimensional rift to the afterlife, and the power resonating from the afterlife is then enfused with the character, increasing their power. This theory also seems to give a reason for the second half of this stereotype, an increase of power after death. Since the character is directl exposed to the power in the afterlife, they are able to absorb more, and therefore become total powerhouses
Throughout manga there are many instances in which something should have happened, but didn't, due to the characters role in the story, and often times no real explanation at all, and no reason to happen, say, the female hero running into the most dangerous character in the series, or one of the more dangerous ones, for no real reason, and being held captive by them, or "escaping", simply with the help of plot. This is extremely prevalent in many series. such as Orihime Inoue being captured by Ulquiorra Schiffer of Bleach, or Kairi being taken hostage by Sai'X of Kingdom Hearts. Among many plot devices, there is always a way to surpass the "ultimate". What we mean by this, is no matter what something is said to be the most powerful form or attack (ie, Super Saiyan), it will always be surpassed if addressed by the main character. Once something is said to be impossible, it is always surpassed and not even viewed as useful by the end of the series, among many of these being the Bankai of Bleach, the "Hyper Gundam" of G Gundam or any type of hyper transformations.