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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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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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Why do some Anime have Loli Teachers?

I've noticed that in some Anime, the teachers are very short/little, I mean they look like elementary school kids. The anime I'm talking about are: Strike the Blood Noucome Toaru Majutsu no Index I'...
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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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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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How did the angry symbol originate?

We've all seen it many times... When someone gets angry or annoyed, the angry symbol (shown below) shows up one or more times in and around the person's head. Where did it come from? How did it get ...
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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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Why do cross-dressing characters like Hideri Kanzaki usually have high voices?

I see that in many Animes, there are cross-dressing (or maybe trans) characters, like Hideri Kanzaki of Blend-S, and they usually have awfully high-pitched voices. These characters in anime and manga ...
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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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Why is incest such a prevalent theme in manga and anime?

I used to think that incest was only in hentai/eroge, but gradually, I have run into more mainstream content which seems to hint at brother-sister, mother-son relationships, or the tension of such ...
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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 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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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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Is puking blood when punched in the gut a common trope in anime?

I have often seen characters throwing and puking blood when they are punched in the gut especially in Shounen animes like BNHA and Naruto Shippuden(well there are other animes I have seen this trope ...
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Why are llamas/alpacas so popular in anime?

This has been something that has been bugging me for a while: Why are there so many llamas in anime and in anime fan culture? Some specific anime examples: You can buy alpacas at conventions too: ...
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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 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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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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Why do the stronger enemies in anime/manga tend to look more human?

So if the question sounded a bit confusing, allow me to explain. In media that feature a lot of non-human characters, such as many video games, anime, manga, or movies, the low-level enemies always ...
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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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Where does the "You are 100 years to early" trope come from?

"Hyakunen hayai ze!" This is a common boast in shounen anime, declaring that someone is X amount of years too early to even consider facing their opponent. Is this a long-lived reference to an older ...
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Are things like huge drops of sweat or flashes of light in anime and manga diegetic in any possible way?

So I'm used to the fact that symbolic things like huge drops of sweat, huge aneurystic veins, etc. are more or less abstract exaggerations of intense emotions rather than literal drops of sweat or ...
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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 (...
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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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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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Why do characters recite π (pi) to distract themselves?

I know that some characters recite pi digits to either calm themselves, or to distract themselves. I remember a particular case in the series r-15. Is there any particular reason it is pi?
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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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Where did the shining eye trope come from?

When an anime character is going to do something cool - or do something with fierce determination (Thank you @Ross Ridge), animators put in a sparkle on their eye usually accompanied by a metallic '...
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How to tell apart Japanese and non-Japanese characters in-universe and out-of-universe?

Anime characters are almost always drawn with... "anime" facial features. Eyes are big and round, every color is allowed for eyes and hair (not to mention hairstyle), etc. Since there are anime ...
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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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Why are old anime women often depicted as young girls?

Admittedly I don't watch enough anime to have full context, but in numerous situations I've seen what's depicted as a little girl is actually a woman 100+ years old. Is there a reason for this ...
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What's it called when anime and manga chooses not to show nipples but make it as erotic as possible

What's it called when anime and manga chooses not to show nipples but make it as erotic as possible? I recall in No Game No Life, they did this in their match-up against Jabril the Mugol.
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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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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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Common Magical Girl tropes? [closed]

Clichés or tropes that are common in the genre "Magical Girl"? Hello, I need tropes that are used frequently in the genre of magical girls. For example, the personalities that are more frequent in the ...
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Definition of a reverse trap

I am confused at how people describe gender roles and their trope classification in anime. I understand that traps are characters appearing to be girls but are actually guys. One of my favorite traps ...
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Why do Japanese anime characters shout so much?

I would like to point out this incident from NHK ni Youkoso - Episode 21 (11:12 to 11:34). The main character Sato is escorting his friend Yamazaki to a subway station to bid final adieu to him. ...
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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 is the trope of a leader being overburdened with paperwork, and is it specific to anime?

In many anime where a protagonist makes it to the top of an organization, they are often seen diligently sitting at a desk signing documents, and often times they will attempt to escape. Sometimes ...
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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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Why do guys in anime often lack nipples?

As shown in the images (from Free! and Noragami, respectively), guys in anime often lack nipples. This could be explained by vague Japanese copyright laws, but other anime occasionally show guys with ...
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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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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 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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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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Why do sword owners tap them with a fluffy ball on a stick?

In many shows characters poke their Japanese swords with a soft-looking ball on a stick. It seems that swordsmen in real life did that too. What's the purpose of that? Here's one example from Shaman ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...