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In my case, it's the following:

1. Super Sentai: I enjoy the idea of a team of four to five color-coded superheroes working together as a team to wipe out one monster-of-the-week after another, e.g. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040.

2. Power of Friendship: I like heroes a lot better when they gather companions for their respective journeys.

3. Super Prototype/Ace Custom: Perfect explanations as to why the main-protagonist mecha is more powerful than the mass-production models, unless it's the Gundams from Wing, 00, and Iron Blooded Orphans, at which point it's because of unobtanium, black box technology, and twin Ahab reactors, respectively.
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Also going with Power of Friendship Sure, it's cheesy, but it's widespread because it's relevant, and it resonates with us when it's executed well.
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Male tsunderes

They're typically less violent than their female counterparts, and they're just SO CUTE!! I love the obstinacy and the following vulnerability.
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Main character dying at the end.
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There's a trend I see a lot of in anime, and I find it very impressive.

Work is almost always treated with dignity, regardless of what it is. Cooking, driving a truck, cleaning up an empty lot. Even when a job is part of a show's joke, like the king of demons working in a fast-food joint in The Devil is a Part-Timer, the work itself is never portrayed as beneath the characters. They do it to the best of their ability and treat it seriously, even if comedy or ridiculous situations arise around it.

One of my favorite parts of Clannad: After Story is when Tomoya begins working as an electrical lineman, and has to learn everything literally from the ground up. The show doesn't gloss over it. He screws up, more than once, learns the job and learns to care about doing it well.

I work for a community college, and we fight a constant battle against the mindset that you must have a four-year college degree in order to succeed in life, and that working a trade is some kind of "lesser" calling. Given that, I'm frequently refreshed at how anime tends to treat this sort of thing.

But if that wasn't the kind of answer you were after, I also have a thing for kuuderes.

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Related: someone badmouths another character, cut to that character saying they're suddenly pissed off for some reason.
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I'm not typically a fan of tropes, so much as having properly engaging writing (which usually means mixing tropes or using lesser known ones). However, they are inevitable, and some I do enjoy.

I love Tsundere type characters, as they make any romance or potential romance all the more entertaining without (in shows where romance is not the main focus) being unrealistic. Without this character archetype, or the trope that encompasses their behavior, many series would be worse off. Doesn't matter if they are male or female, either - if well written.

I love when loved characters are killed off in a show in order to raise the stakes, and in order to show me that our protagonists in a story have to deal with actual consequences. Shows in which everybody magically survives (despite extreme violence taking place) are never able to garner any kind of emotional investment from me, and while the concept of having raised stakes doesn't necessitate character deaths, they are by far the most effective method of doing so. When properly done, of course, and planned. Series with this sort of thing such as Berserk, Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist (even if limited), etc - all manage to bring greater emotional investment to me as a result of this trope.

I love the trope of evil characters or antagonists turning to the side of the "good guys," and seeing them attempt to redeem themselves despite their flaws. Whether they ever become actually "good" or not, the weight of their crimes and their often tragic histories makes for very interesting story-telling, and also makes for better world-building. Anime series where the villains are always villains, and the good guys are always good guys, tend to be profoundly simplistic and boring much of the time. Characters such as Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist exemplify this trope.

I also have come to find a great appreciation for the trope of traveling to another world (modern to fantasy), as has become popular especially lately in anime. While this is usually poorly implemented, the idea of characters being able to utilize real-world values and ideals in a fantasy world has enormous potential, best shown by Re:Zero in particular (though the anime is far from complete compared to the source material). It also gives a good excuse for explaining the setting to our naive newcomer(s), can give them a "chosen hero" status by the nature of their summoning, and can have many other benefits. As I said though, it is usually poorly done, so just having this alone doesn't make it great.

There are others of course, but these came to mind.
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MOE

Yeah I'm that kind of guy
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The Power of Friendship makes me scream inside.
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MOE

Yeah I'm that kind of guy


Moe just means "triggering emotion" so, it excludes psychopaths.

Thankfully, the ranting has died down and we can just enjoy it.
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I can get down with a good tsundere. The bad ones like Chitoge and Taiga (yeah I know what you're thinking but I'm objectively always right) really grate on you, but the good ones are some of my favorite characters ever.
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SirBacon24 wrote:

I can get down with a good tsundere. The bad ones like Chitoge and Taiga (yeah I know what you're thinking but I'm objectively always right) really grate on you, but the good ones are some of my favorite characters ever.


What makes a tsundere "good" and what makes one "bad"?

Given your examples, I have a feeling I prefer what you think are "bad" ones.


As to my own favorite trope, well, I guess I'm going to have to go with "the power of friendship" too. Considering that I'm pretty much a loner who hasn't formed strong friendship bonds and feel comfortable with that, and always have, I don't know if my fondness for that trope is surprising, or to be expected.
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lorreen wrote:


SirBacon24 wrote:

I can get down with a good tsundere. The bad ones like Chitoge and Taiga (yeah I know what you're thinking but I'm objectively always right) really grate on you, but the good ones are some of my favorite characters ever.


What makes a tsundere "good" and what makes one "bad"?

Given your examples, I have a feeling I prefer what you think are "bad" ones.


I don't know from good or bad, but if Team Chitoge is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

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