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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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Where did the convention of two-sentence episode titles in Shonen series originate?

I heard a joke on a Podcast the other day that said Shonen Anime tend to have episode titles that are two sentences long. I noticed the case with both Dragon Ball Super and Fist of the North Star. ...
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What was the first anime to have characters blasting off?

Instantly, Pokemon's team rocket comes to mind when I think of characters blasting off after losing a battle, just to become a twinkle in the skytvtropes. However, it has become rather popular in ...
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What is the origin (or first known work) of this "Reluctant Maou Heiress" trope we see in several contemporary works?

This "Reluctant Demon King (魔王 Maou) Heiress" trope seems to be a subversion of the classic "Hero vs Demons" fantasy genre. The demon king is gone, and the heir to the throne and/or the owner of Maou'...
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Why do supernatural titles contain the word 'Code'?

A lot of series about supernatural powers seem to contain the word 'Code' in the title. For example, Code Geass Code:Breaker Code:Realise Code-E Why is there a trend like this among anime titles? ...
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Oldest instance of Hanahaki Disease?

From Fanlore on the topic: The Hanahaki Disease trope was popularized with the Japanese shoujo manga,「花吐き乙女」(Hanahaki Otome), or The Girl Who Spit Flowers by Naoko Matsuda (松田奈緒子), which was released ...
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What is the origin of posterior wing trope?

Before and usually, characters with wing are shown to have the wing grow from his/her upper back area. Example for angel/light-side characters that have such wing are Shidou Irina (High School DxD), ...
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Is there a "snot-nosed kid" trope?

I can think of several anime series with recurring characters who I would classify as "snot-nosed kids". Two sympathetic, recurring, characters are Udon from Naruto and Komugi from Hunter x Hunter. ...
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What's the origin of the "accidental boob grab" trope?

I was just wondering where the trope of the protagonist tripping and accidentally groping someone first came from. What's the origin of this trope?
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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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Which was the first anime to feature instant transmission?

Several anime characters have the ability to use instant transmission or teleportation by their own means. Some of them are, Goku in Dragon Ball Z, Merlin in Nanatsu no Taizai, Ryo Shimazaki in Mob ...
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Why didn't the Kill-T-Gang drain (and kill) Akari's Libido during the Oberon's battle?

Amara told Daichi that Capt. Manatsu (Daichi's father) died before crashing into his Kill-T-Gang form: he drained the Libido (lifeforce) out of the spaceman. It is stated mid-series that merely ...
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Is there a name for the effect that appears from the eyes when someone in anime/manga fights?

The following image shows an effect that appears from the eyes when someone fights. Is there a name for it?
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When did the trend of powerful slimes come about in Anime?

Slimes are commonly known as the weakest creatures, but more and more I'm seeing powerful slimes show up in anime. When did powerful slimes become a thing? Or have they always been a thing and I just ...
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Is there a name to describe the shonen trope of "secret power systems"?

In some shonen anime, there is this trope of a hidden power system that is sometimes foreshadowed throughout the series, and eventually learned by the protagonist(s). Typically, it's a power used by ...
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Gathering energy from other people to create an energy attack, which was the first anime to feature it?

In Black Clover in one of the last episodes (I dont recall if it was #118 or #117) Litch the elf leader gathers energy from the other elfs to create an energy attack, similar to Goku's genki dama, to ...
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Which was the first anime featuring power levels?

Severals animes have the idea of power levels, in those universes a technological or magical device exists to give a figure to the combat power of an individual. Three of them I know are Dragon Ball Z,...
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Which was the first anime to feature mana as energy source for magic?

Many animes use the idea of "mana", an energy source for magic that if it's consumed deny magic users the possibility of casting more spells. Some animes which uses this are A Certain Magical Index (...