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Questions tagged [tropes]

A recurring element across anime, manga or works in other media. Tropes cover clichés, genre conventions and other recurring plot points, character types, narration styles, …

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What's the origin of spiral glasses as a Japanese stereotype?

I've noticed - and indubitably, others have, too, as noted on this TV Tropes page - that often, whenever a "nerdy" character wears glasses in anime, they have a spiral shape on them. Examples are easy ...
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What is this paper fan used by some student council president/senior member called?

In many anime, a student council president or senior member uses essentially a paper 'fan' to discipline others. Kind of looks like a paper that has been folded up. Is it really a fan of some sort ...
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What is the meaning of this 'fox' hand gesture?

In chapter 729 of トモちゃんは女の子 (Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko), two characters are negotiating, while other two do the hand gestures depicted in the following image: By the Giseigo (Onomatopoeia) used here (...
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What do smaller eyes persons in anime mean?

As we know, japaneses have smaller eyes than western people, as the result of an evolutive adaptation against snow blindessness apparently. But in anime, japaneses draw japaneses with big eyes. If an ...
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Is it usual in anime/manga/japanese to use ブツ as onomatopoeia of mumbling?

In My Hero Academia we see that when Midoriya is mumbling they use ブツ to symbolize it. Is this the rule for anime/manga/japanese or does it only happen in My Hero Academia?
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What is the origin of the one-horned rabbit so common in fantasy and isekai stories?

Dozens of fantasy and isekai stories have the one-horn-rabbit as a staple beginner's monster. Some examples: Re:Monster (day 4) I Said Make My Abilities Average! (ch. 19) Kenshi o Mezashite Nyūgaku ...
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Why is “bioroide/bioroido/bioroid” used in different animes?

In the 1984 anime series Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, there are some alien mechas called "bioroid/bioroido/bioloyd" (depending on the translation) Bioroids SDC. In Appleseed there is an ...
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What is the relevancy between the common theme of Knight’s & Magic, In Another World With My Smartphone, and KonoSuba?

These three anime: Knight's & Magic In Another World With My Smartphone KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World. and perhaps others anime as well begin with the common theme of a guy ...
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Is there a name for when characters eyes are hidden from the shot when emotional?

The eyes of characters in anime always disappear when they're upset or when they're going to get serious. Is there a name for when a characters eyes disappear like that?
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What are those weird three-line blushy things on some anime/manga characters cheeks?

Some anime/manga characters (OR, those inspired by anime/manga) have those weird three-line blushy things on their cheeks. These characters tend to be cutesy and childish. What are those lines called ...
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What is this type of hairstyle?

Its a kind of hairstyle that has two hair strands hanging down from the top of the head maybe at the center of it
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Story-telling technique where the drawing style briefly gets much simpler?

I'm a big fan of web comics, and have a question about a drawing or story-telling technique that I've seen. It seems effective, but I'm not quite sure what it's effective for. Here's an example, from ...
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Minimum amount of people for harem?

Silly question, but how many people do you need at minimum in a love-triangle (or love-polygon, whatever) for something to be classified as a harem manga/anime? If "only" three people are involved, ...
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Do people in Japan really shower all the time after a rainstorm, or is that just an anime thing?

I just watched the latest Net-juu no Susume and there's the stereotypical caught-in-the-rain scene, and then usually accompanying shower scene. Since this anime makes a point to be more similar to ...
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Why do protagonist usually mispronounce or forget the name of opponent or others?

As we have seen in the popular series like Naruto and One piece where protagonist can't remember the name of opponent and even if they do, they mispronounce it. So I searched for the tropes and got ...
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Where is this scene originate from in Episode 5 of nichijou?

What is this thing that Mio's cloud refers to? And what does this text on the screen mean (The text on the screen, it's like an old Japanese font-style) ? "15:40 1-Q in front of the podium" ...
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What's the origin of characters flying through the night sky during the ED?

Here it is in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: and here it is in Blend S: Is Blend S just referencing Dragon Maid or is there an earlier instance of this?
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Who is this person from commercial break “The World God Only Knows” manga?

I rarely have seen this guy in other manga. First time i saw it in The World God Only Know manga, volume 2, chapter 13 and in Kunimitsu manga, chapter 4. Does anyone know where is this guy come from ?...
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What's this “I Know” gesture originate from? [duplicate]

I have seen in many anime , that when someone said 'I knew It' or 'I get it', they put their right hand above their left hand, with their left hand (the palms side ) pointing up. Where is this ...
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Why do people wearing a headband with two flashlights or candles when acting crazy or out of place?

So sometimes in Anime and Manga when someone is acting crazy or out of character when on a rant they wear a headband with two flashlights or lit candles pointing up. I am wondering what the reason ...
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Where is the joke that Ishida said came from?

In Koe no Katachi, volume 1, chapter 2, page 37, first panel, Ishida said that. Because her ears don't have "H" What does Ishida mean by that? While his teacher did laugh too. What's funny with ...
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Who is the first Oppai Loli ever featured in anime and manga?

The first time I ever saw Oppai Loli is Hestia from Danmachi. But, is Hestia the first Oppai Loli in anime and manga? Was there an Oppai Loli before her?
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What's with awkwardness/fear with romance?

Why is it in almost every anime when there is a male main character, Everytime a female main character comes on to him he gets all flustered, scared, or runs away? I mean through a whole series we see ...
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The first Anime/Manga with a parody's genre ever created

Gintama i would said the The most epic Anime with Parody ever made. Here's some example One Piece Parody Naruto Parody Binbougami Ga anime sure have many episode that contains parody. Ex: ...
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Why always “skirt-flipping” fan-service's (mini-skirt blowing up.)?

Sometimes in anime/manga, I see some scene's where the MC flip the skirt of the heroine, or even some random character with a cute face. I know there are many kind of fan-service's like groping breast,...
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Which series features the most re-occuring named characters?

Recently I had a discussion with friends about how hard they find it to follow anime/manga series due to the sheer amount characters that get featured in a series. They claimed detective-conan ...
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Why does Rin in blue exorcist have an eye bigger than the other when uncontrollable?

Why does Rin in blue exorcist have an eye bigger than the other when uncontrollable? It also happens in Naruto, when he doesn't want to use his powers to fight Amaru when Amaru is possessed for ...
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Are joke episodes common in anime?

Episode 101 of Naruto is a joke episode; it is set in between major plot events and revolves around trying to figure out what is under Kakashi's mask. It's also based off of an omake, which are often ...
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What is it called when an anime character is emotionless on the inside and sweet/kind on the outisde?

Emotionless on the inside meaning literally that, and sweet/kind on the outside as in being completely fake and pretending to like someone or be a happy person just for personal benefit or similar. ...
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What do people mean when they say “Notice me, senpai”?

I'm new to anime and my friends really like it. They really like to say to me "notice me, senpai!" and I don't get the reference. I could be walking to class and one of my friends would say "Can you ...
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Is there a name for this anime/manga visual convention?

sometimes when a character is frustrated or has failed to do something, a cloud made of moving squiggly lines will form above their head (it's somewhat of a common trope in video games that use speech ...
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Where did the trope of yaoi hands start?

There's a trope in yaoi manga of the character's having disproportionately large hands, often at least as big as their face. Example of Yaoi Hands: Where did this start? What was the first manga to ...
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Why is “aku soku zan” used in different animes?

In Rurouni Kenshin, Hajime Saitoh had a philosophy of life or something like that called "aku soku zan" that was something like "kill the evil immediately" which he mentions when fighting Makoto ...
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What's with the fantasy hair?

All Out!! is a sports series about high school rugby. The teams are large, so there are many characters. I understand that the mangaka and character designers want to make each character stand out. ...
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Why is it (almost) always a 10 years gap? What is so special with 10 years intervals?

It seems there is something special in anime and manga about 10 years gaps. They seem to me that they will become a different person in 10 years. Yes, I know people age and a decade is a long time. ...
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Why aren't most of the phones in anime smartphones?

For example: Gintama: Oregairu: I can't think of any examples I can back up right now, but for Oregairu you just need to watch any episode and you'll see Yui's flip phone. Haganai Black Rock ...
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Why do anime characters have pointy chins?

I've always wondered why a lot of anime characters, or at least some, have pointed chins. One example: Clannad I'm wondering why they have such pointy chins. Is it to make them cute or something? Or ...
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What is this expresison/anime trope called?

Say, character2 says or does something -- usually stupid in nature -- in which character1 responds with a similar face and a comment of their own. I see this a lot in anime, and I was wondering if it ...
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What is the technical term for the “consecutive, discrete zoom-in shots” and what is its origin?

Let me illustrate what I mean with a GIF: Usually, the scenes between the three or four consecutive shots don't differ much except the zoom-ins (or whatever shots are used). A variation of this ...
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Who was the first young character in anime to appear with white hair?

By now the trope mystical white hair is used by everyone and their cat, we have loads of characters who appear young yet have white / silver hair, either because they were born that way / used magic ...
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Why do bad/evil characters sometimes have no eyes?

Why is it that evil characters are sometimes drawn without eyes? One example is Saki Arima in Your Lie in April. I have seen others from time to time. Any thoughts?
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Why are there so many tragic ocean promises?

Quite often in a promise is made to go see the ocean. Just as often these promises can not/ no longer be achieved due to some events occurring. Is there some symbolism at play here? Leading to a ...
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What sparked the trend of slightly long dark-haired loner-ish protagonists in light novels?

For example, Issei in Highschool DxD isn't really the most popular guy, without many other friends who are guys. Basara of Shinmai isn't shown with a lot of his friends either. Oregairu's protagonist ...
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What is with kimono that makes Japanese guys to fall for the girls in many anime?

I've been watching lots of anime series and in lots of them the guy realizes that he loves the girl when he sees her in a kimono specially for the festivals. Just this last week it was both in ReLIFE ...
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Why do anime girls have huge chests?

Today while reading "Mushoku Tensei" I once again got confronted with a character with (in my opinion) an insanely large chest. It even got mentioned that it could easily be a J size chest. I ...
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Why do anime always have an eye glow arbitrarily drawn in

It is a circle on the eyes. Often lazily drawn in that is fixed without reference to lighting. Totally detracts from any quality of the drawing. For some characters, it used for personality showing ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Often in series revolving around wars, you will see a mention of Britannia. More often so, they are depicted as an almighty power which is to be feared, or even one which has dominated most or all of ...
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Why do some anime characters use Sanskrit spells instead of Japanese?

Recently while watching Twin Star Exorcists I noticed the main character using a Sanskrit spell. Why is that the case? Why don't they use native Japanese spells instead?
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What's the deal with exchanging names in Bleach and other anime?

Okay so I've been watching a lot of Bleach recently and I've noticed a serious trend with the battles. Before they start, both characters introduce themselves to the other. I've tried to do some ...
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What is that accessory featured around Japanese gods' necks?

It's like a...fluffy...thingy. It floats around their head and past their shoulders and down to their waist. I see it a lot. The two characters with it who come to mind are Guren from Shounen Onmyouji ...