A medium like Japanese anime thrives on clichés, so it is very common to find series full of tired tropes and predictable characters. While cliches are typically considered negative in novel writing, when it comes to popular media, cliches are what hold them up.
Once the entertainment industry figures out what draws people to a show, it will probably find a way to replicate the same thing that attracted audiences, just adding slight nuances to keep it “fresh.” Old tropes that got hackneyed find new life in new anime characters, but a hint of the original cliché always remains. Many anime characters are reminiscent of the previous ones.
10 Sword Art Online has a notorious protagonist
Kazuto Kirigaya, or “Kirito” when in-game, is the boring and predictable protagonist ofSword Art Online, but he’s not the only clichéd character in the series. Although viewers don’t have to worry about whether Kirito will save the day (because forever he does), they will also not have to think about what the other characters in the series think about him. Kirito is almost universally sympathetic, and almost every female character he comes across ends up falling in love with him.
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9 Love Hina’s character tropes are outdated and overused
Love Hina is a popular shonen harem from the year 2000 that follows inept college student Keitaro Urashima and his life at Hinata House. All the female characters in the main cast are drawn to him, and the girls themselves represent many anime cliches. There’s the tsundere Naru Narusegawa, who hides her shameful home habits, the helpless and shy 13-year-old “little sister” Shinobu Maebara, and the cunning bitch Mitsune Konno, among others. These tropes have been poorly honed over the years, making most harem anime terrifyingly topical.
8 Demon Slayer characters follow extremely predictable archetypes
The story ofDemon Slayer is not only full of clichés, but its characters have very predictable personalities. Tanjiro Kamado is personable, compassionate, and fiercely dedicated to helping his sister, Nezuko.
Inosuke Hashibira is a predictably hot-tempered, animalistic, and simple-minded character, and his type is common in other shonen series, such as Katsuki Bakugo from My Hero Academia.. There’s also the cowardly and lustful Zenitsu Agatsuma, who can be counted on to lose his cool in front of pretty girls or panic when the going gets tough.
7 Melodrama can also be the protagonist in Clannad
Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa’s wish to restart the Drama Club in Clannad it is quite suitable for its melodramatic plot. Much of the melodrama of the series is caused by its characters, of course, with Nagisa being the stereotype of a fragile girl with little self-confidence who needs the protagonist to protect her. There are also Kyou and Ryou Fujibayashi, twins whose personalities couldn’t be more different from each other. They are very similar to Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi from Lucky Star.
6 The heroes of My Hero Academia are mostly cardboard cutouts
Villains are the center of attention in My Hero Academia in regards to the nuances of the characters, while his heroes are predictably boring in comparison. Izuku “Deku” Midoriya is a shonen archetype very similar to the Tanjiro of Demon Slayer, All Might is an unprecedented hero who never loses, and Katsuki Bakugo is the heated rival character who constantly loses his temper. Shoto Todoroki’s cold passion is literally built into his half-cold, half-hot Quirk, and Minoru Mineta’s lewd and cowardly nature is reminiscent of characters like Zenitsu Agatsuma from Demon SlYesterday.
5 Character interactions in Baka and Test are quite predictable
The premise of Baka & Test It’s pretty funny, but its cast of characters follows some pretty tired anime tropes. Akihisa Yoshii is the titular baka (or idiot) and is pure and honest to the extreme, even to his own detriment. Another topical character is Shoko Kirishima, who embodies the violent yandere archetype and relentlessly pursues Akihisa’s best friend, Yuji Sakamoto. Yuji’s reactions to Shoko’s advances are understandable, but the way she subdues him each time is quite common in her type of character dynamics.
4 Fairy Tail’s guildmates have funny (but rancid) personalities
Natsu Dragneel is the typical Fairy Tail shonen protagonist of “shoot first and ask questions later”, who often clashes with the equally typical cautious and contemplative rival, Gray Fullbuster. Erza Scarlet is the outspoken leader with a passionate temperament, often seen sporting scantily clad suits in battle despite her ineffectiveness as armor.
There is also Lucy Heartfilia, whose vanity and caring character make her a walking contradiction at the same time. Many of the other characters in Fairy Tail They are just as topical, but their interactions can be fun even if they are predictable.
3 Some Jujutsu Kaisen Characters Follow Tired Tropes
Being a popular shonen series, it should come as no surprise that Jujutsu Kaisen also partake of the same tired tropes that persist in many shonen series. Not all characters are clichés, but characters like Satoru Gojo and Aoi Todo embody the archetypes of the peerless sensei and the brainless plover, respectively. Even Megumi Fushiguro is an amalgamation of characters like Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto: calm, cold and reserved, with a secret history that nobody knows. Yuji Itadori follows the well-known trope of a kind-hearted, simple-minded protagonist who wants to save as many as possible regardless of their origin.
2 Naruto’s popularity is partly due to their common characters
It’s no secret that Naruto It has become a fan-favorite series for good reasons, and one of them is its predictable characters. Naruto Uzumaki is the archetype of a loudmouth shonen hero who aspires to become the strongest ninja. His rival is the quiet and reserved Sasuke Uchiha, whose quiet passions seep beneath the surface and lead him to desert his village. Kakashi Hatake takes the role of an incomparable teacher, whose serene nature hides the dark past that stirs in his heart. By now, these archetypes are very popular and hackneyed.
1 Fushigi Yuugi’s characters have obvious personalities
Being a series from the early 90s, the tropes of Fushigi Yuugi they are so hackneyed that they are already clichés. Miaka Yuki is a gluttonous high school student who is also hardworking, kind, and courageous for no good reason. Tamahome is the stereotype of a handsome boy who prioritizes money and his family above all else, while Tasuki is a hothead of formula who always clashes with Tamahome’s more serene personality. Hotohori is the mature and handsome emperor, while Nuriko is a flamboyant transvestite. These tropes are no longer as common as they used to be, but they are still clichéd.