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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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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

It's fairly common that anime characters tend to have "wilder" hair than most people we see in real life. This can be seen as far back as Neon Genesis Evangelion (though somewhat mild) from the 90s (...
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What is the purpose of characters shouting out the name of their attack?

It seems to me that in a lot of anime (Naruto, Dragon Ball, Gurren Lagann, and Digimon are four that come to mind), characters or creatures who perform an attack tend to shout its name, almost as if ...
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How did the sweatdrop originate?

I can kind of handwave or fanwank the origin of things like the exasperated faceplant or the vein popping out when a character is comedic-angry, and even the trope of Japanese flag fans coming out ...
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Name of hair style with one strand sticking upwards

I always forget what this special hairstyle is called, which is shared by some characters. I'll give some examples, I think it should be clear what I mean. Edward Elric also has this wisp(?), but I ...
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Does the "bloody nose" trope necessarily imply a sexual situation?

If you've seen much anime, you're familiar with the male character getting a bloody nose when he gets sexually excited. For example: Master Roshi (Dragon Ball) and Umino Iruka (Naruto) However, when ...
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Why do anime/manga characters have big eyes?

Going as far back as Astroboy, anime and manga characters have had big eyes. What is basis of this trend? How and where did this originate?
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Why are the shounen lead protagonists usually shown to be stupid?

One Piece's Luffy, Naruto's Naruto, Fairy Tail's Natsu, Reborn's Tsuna, Dragon Ball's Goku All of the above are shown to be simple-minded and foolish. Why is it so common to depict the lead ...
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Why are tentacles prevalent in anime?

What is the reason/motivation for the prevalence of tentacles (possibly NSFW Wikipedia link) in anime (esp. hentai)? Did the anime subculture lead to it or does it stem from various aspects (possibly ...
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What is the significance of anime characters' catch phrases?

Uzumaki Naruto (Naruto) has a catch phrase "dattebayo". Ika Musume (Squid Girl) has a catch phrase "de geso". Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) has a catch phrase "gozaru". And a lot more examples here....
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What is the tradition behind having magic come from eyes?

In a number of series, magic is eye-based, where the eyes either fuel the magic or are the conduit for it. Examples of this are Fai in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and the Uchihas and Hyuugas in Naruto,...
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Origins of the nose-bleed in anime/manga

In a similar spirit to my previous question, I wonder who was the first artist to feature a nose-bleed when thinking, shall we say, "provocative thoughts"? Did it become popularized in anime/manga ...
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Why there are many scenes in anime that take place on the roof?

Why there are many scenes in anime that take place on roofs, particularly the roof of schools? School roof seem to be a popular place for students who want to be alone with no one else there. ...
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How did the lolicon genre begin in anime/manga?

I have always wondered how the Japanese got the idea of making animated productions including underage girls and the obsession with them. When did it start? Did the idea originate in Japan? Was it ...
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Who was the first "trap character"?

A "trap character"(UrbanDictionary entry, may be NSFW) is a character who appears to be a girl until you get in close enough (plot-wise) to discover they are, in fact, a boy. The inverse trope exists ...
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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 reason for the "Hair of Death" hair style?

I've seen this joke float around various social media sites lately. Is there a particular reason for why characters with this hairstyle - particularly mother figures - seem to die so consistently? ...
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What is the origin of mushrooms growing on a sad person's head?

I have seen in a number of series, when a person is sad, they have mushrooms growing out of their head. In Ouran High School Host Club, this happens a number of times to Tamaki when Haruhi rejects him....
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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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Is there a name for this manga-anime mouth expression? (`3`)

Is there a name for this expression? They do it a lot in YuruYuri, too.
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When characters take off their glasses, why do their eyes turn into a "lip eyes" icon?

Often in anime which features a character who wears glasses, when they take off their glasses, their eyes turn into a sort of puckered lip emoticon that looks like the number 3. The meaning is fairly ...
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What is the origin of this facial expression with one's tongue sticking out?

I've seen this expression probably a dozen times in anime and manga. There are many variants, but they all have the character's tongue sticking up out of the side of their mouth. Their eyes are also ...
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What's the significance of revealing a character's blood type?

A lot of Anime shows will reveal the blood type of one or more of the main characters: What's the significance of it? What purpose does it serve? Where did it come from?
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Where did the anime trope of "clothing damage"/"clothes being torn" originate?

I noticed that commonly now in anime that mostly female characters' clothes are being torn especially in fight scenes. I googled and found this to be called Clothing Damage, and here are a list of ...
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When was the anime toast in the morning trope started?

For the longest time we would see things like energy drinks and other such items in the mornings with anime now the big one is toast. How long ago did this start and how did it get so popular?
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What was the first anime to have a "please notice me senpai" moment?

This meme has been prevalent in English-speaking part of the internet, but so far no one really knows its true origins. I've searched for something similar in the Japanese sphere of the internet and I ...
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What are the characteristics of a "tsundere"?

Although this question might be a naive thing to ask, I believe that I would get an much detailed answer to this question keeping in mind all my simple questions answered wonderfully by people in the ...
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Why do lots of anime titles have ☆ in them?

☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃ Why do some shows have the star ☆ in them? I understand it makes it look cool, but it seems to be the only non-standard character that's used in ...
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Where did the mecha genre originate from in Japan?

I was wondering where mecha genre in Japan originated. It doesn't seem the same as something like the idea of a doll having a soul, which is from Japanese folk beliefs, but it could be. Is there ...
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Do Japanese Student councils have actual power (punishing students, revoking clubs, etc)?

Several anime have an Absurdly Powerful Student Council (warning, TV Tropes link, don't get sucked in). In the most extreme versions, the student council is trying to take over the world. Even in ...
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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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Why do anime mothers often get the short end of the stick?

In a significant amount of anime, the protagonist (and possibly others) experience one of the following parental situations: Both parents are dead and are inconsequential to the story. Both parents ...
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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 do characters often pull down one eyelid and stick out their tongue?

I see characters making this motion frequently in anime. They pull one (or sometimes both) eyelid down, and stick out their tongue. What does that mean? Where does the gesture originate and what's ...
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What is the first transforming/morphing mobile suit/robot in anime?

I have watched all the Mobile Suit Gundam series and many other transforming robot genre series, but I want to know which is the first series that started the transforming/morphing mobile suit/robot ...
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Why are many anime characters blond?

There are a lot of blond-haired characters in anime, especially the old ones, like super saiyans, naruto, gundam series, fma, etc.
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What order are couplings like 'CharAxCharB' in?

In doujins coupling characters from a show off, the characters are usually referred to in the title as "Character A x Character B" (I feel this snippet from hanagai! explains it better) Is there any ...
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What is the technical name for the short exaggerated anime scenes?

You know, those scenes that typically cut to out of context OTT animations to exaggerate reactions? e.g. when a character is angry the whole screen might be taken over by swirling colours, angry eyes ...
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What is the origin of the soul-to-sword trope?

In various franchises, like Noragami, SAO Alicisation, Guilty Crown, souls can become weapons. What is the origin of this trope? Does weapon personification have roots in Japanese folklore?
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English letters in anime titles

I've frequently noticed in anime seasons the title of a series or film will have an English letter at the end of the title (for example: Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon S)- what is the significance of the ...
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Is there a tradition behind giving people names from English words?

There are a number of shows/manga where characters have names that are English words. In Vampire Knight, a character is named Zero. Tokyo Mew Mew has characters with names like Lettuce, Mint, and ...
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Do many anime play the main theme during the final battle?

While watching an anime series with a friend, he pointed out that "all anime play their theme song during the final fight." Now, I doubt it's "all", but sure enough, the main theme song of Digimon ...
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Michiru is a fake blonde, ok. But what about Sachi and Amane's hair colors?

Both the VN and the anime stress that Michiru is a fake blonde. Makina and Yumiko have natural hair colors... But what about Amane and Sachi? I don't think there are too many natural redheads in the ...
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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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Which might be the first anime and manga "time loop" type

In a few anime and manga the protagonist or entire group are stuck in certain time event can't make time move forward. I mean whatever the protagonist does, the day is always September 2 all the time. ...
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Why are light-haired male love interests common?

It is relatively common for series (especially shoujo) for the/a love interest to be blond. This appears in Ouran High School Host Club, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Tokyo Mew Mew, and a number of others. ...
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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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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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Are there any anime that play out from a oranyan protagonist's point-of-view? [closed]

There are anime which I have already watched that narrates based on the male protagonist's point-of-view (not an oranyan). For example is Ano Hana, Clannad, etc. And a lot more anime with main ...