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    It's no surprise that Anime, like any storytelling medium, has many cliches. Here, we can discuss which are the best ones and the worst ones in Anime as well as Manga.

    So, fire away!

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    Um... *ahem*

    I generally don't like the whole "childhood friend" thing in anime. It's terribly boring and obvious. Now, in video games, it bothers me less because it is usually handled better, but in anime, it just turns into too much awkward "Oh, now I realize that I've loved him all this time" kind of stuff.

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    Best cliche: Characters who are secretly psychotic/sadists (I still hope to see one licking a female protagonist's tears to show how sick they are)

    Worst cliche: Women with breasts that defy the laws of physics (followed by a small chest woman, who are jealous)

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    Tsunderes. Good god are they annoying. And the Double Standard against men that comes along with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Jack Walker View Post
    Tsunderes. Good god are they annoying. And the Double Standard against men that comes along with them.
    They wouldn't be so bad if they weren't written as so overbearing.

    Minoru Shiraishi put it best about this archetype: Lucky Channel Ep 10 HD - Tsundere - YouTube

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    I don't really like the love at first sight thing, speaks for itself.

    As for a good cliche. Anything having to do with an apocalypse never goes wrong for me......at least so far.
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    Too. Much. Breathing. Lots of gasping by female characters whenever something drastic happens, and that sometimes gets to the point where it gets seriously annoying (and somehow misleading if there is family around). Might just be me. Hell, I might not even have described this cliché too accurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Christi View Post
    Too. Much. Breathing. Lots of gasping by female characters whenever something drastic happens, and that sometimes gets to the point where it gets seriously annoying (and somehow misleading if there is family around). Might just be me. Hell, I might not even have described this cliché too accurately.
    To be fair, this happens in real life so it's really the Truth in Television. That counts for something.

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    Mm, can't recall any absolutely brilliant tropes off any anime, but Conviniently Seated bugs me often and Theme Tune Cameo throws me off quite much every time ("did they have this low a budget for the score?").

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    I hate how predictable ecchi/harem Anime are. I mean, with Green Green, Love Hina, Queen's Blade, Qwasar and so on, you can pretty much call them by the more appropriate titles of "Sexual Shenanigans And Erotic Escapades Made Not To Entertain With A Good Story But Rather To Get Horny Teens And Adults To Buy Our Crap. Screw Storytelling! We've got money! Plus, Our Animators Can't Get Laid To Save Their Lives!"

    To sum it up...

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    Best Cliche: Tsundere done in the right way.

    Worst Cliche: A girl having a crush on a boy and clinging onto him when the boy is obviously uninterested. THEN the story developing somehow that the boy realizes how the girl had been by his side all along.

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    As we discussed in the sexism and LGBT panels at Otakon this weekend, the notion that gender-bending or transsexual characters are "traps." Just. No.

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    all of the freaken pipe organ music thats overused.

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    The amount of gasping can be awkward. When I was watching The World God Only Knows yesterday, my brother thought I was watching a porno xD

    Personally, I don't like how characters can easily be sorted into archetypes. The fact that some characters are so similar to another in a different show really puts me off (like how Yuriyuri's cast is essentially K-ON! but sexed up). What I do like though is a character that may start off like an archetype, but then proves the viewer wrong in subsequent episodes.

    Also, there's also how in a lot of shows (particularly harem shows), the majority of the female cast is pretty much forced to fall in love with the main character, even when there's no logical explanation for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97SaturnSL1 View Post
    all of the freaken pipe organ music thats overused.
    Orgel music is popular here still, it seems. You hear it in quite a few places, and not just in anime/media. You may even hear it in a parking garage.

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