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Typical Anime Heroes
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Posted 7/9/08 , edited 7/10/08
Right.

I have a thing against unoriginality. I see a decent amount of animes which are overflowing with stereotypes and characters that you can just literally rip out of one anime, put in another and they would perform exactly the same thing as another character in it's place. I'm going to list down a few characteristics of several heroes and put down some examples or names, and it would be great if people would join in and list their pet grieviances.

Note that this doesn't necessarily mean the anime is bad - it's just that some things are just taken a little too far. The first time these types of heroes were used was good, but the concept was just used too many times that it becomes really tiring.

Some pet peeves I have:

Typical Shonen Hero:
The headstrong and rash hero who is strong, wants to be stronger, and eats a lot of food. Cares about his friends lots, too. Usually 15 or 16 years old.
Examples: Son Goku (DBZ), Naruto(Naruto), Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)

Typical Shonen Anti-Hero:
The laid back type who is actually good at doing everything but doesn't bother because he's too lazy, but when the occasion rises, he's actually kick ass.
Examples: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop), Vash the Stampede (Trigun)

Typical Shonen Rival:
The cool and composed type who is really good at what they do, thumbs down everyone else, and typically has lots of girls after them. It doesn't help that they are strong and silent, and handsome.
Examples: Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk), Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto), Ichiro Miyata (Hajime no Ippo), Seijuro Shin (Eyeshield 21)

Typical Shonen Sport Girl:
In sports, usually the manager, or a person related, or someone who has no idea what the sport is but cares for the main character. Or is new to the sport. Never actually gets together with the main character. God forbid there be any _real_ romance in shonen.
Examples: Kumi Mashiba (Hajime no Ippo), Tomoka Osakada (Prince of Tennis)

There's tons more stereotypes of characters out there! Feel free to post more!

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Ichigo from Bleach...always saving people and always winning when fighting with the most powerful character...and he's only 15!!!!!!
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The badass who starts as an enemy and has a brutal fight with the protagonist just to become an ally later on (Saitoh, Kenpachi, Vegeta, Piccolo, etc) it's almost cannon for shounen manga and anime.
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snakepimp wrote:

The badass who starts as an enemy and has a brutal fight with the protagonist just to become an ally later on (Saitoh, Kenpachi, Vegeta, Piccolo, etc) it's almost cannon for shounen manga and anime.


Lol, I forgot about that! That's totally a typical character in any shonen manga or anime!
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snakepimp wrote:

The badass who starts as an enemy and has a brutal fight with the protagonist just to become an ally later on (Saitoh, Kenpachi, Vegeta, Piccolo, etc) it's almost cannon for shounen manga and anime.


i agree !!!
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No way, man. You cannot blame Kumi for not going with Ippo. I mean, look at her opposition:

-That reporter lady
-Itagaki's sis
-Mashiba

The most important one here is Mashiba. He refuses to let his sister go with anyoone.
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goofy not that smart eats alot but never gains wait always has that one rival who always appears out of nowhere and funny
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hmm...genius students who have a power and want to take over or destroy and recreate the world like Lelouch and Light...

but they're more of anti-hero types....but they're awesome

Posted 7/9/08

Rei193 wrote:

Ichigo from Bleach...always saving people and always winning when fighting with the most powerful character...and he's only 15!!!!!!



Yeah! you totally read my mind!!!!!!!!!!!
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Typical Shoujo Hero
Cute, clumsy, non-athletic, and rarely has any academic prowess. She is also commonly involved in love triangles between the good-looking cool guy, the childhood friend, the charming and always smiling nice guy, and the badass delinquent.
Examples: Tohru Honda(Fruits Basket), Tenma Tsukamoto(School Rumble)
Posted 7/9/08

brennan wrote:
Typical Shonen Anti-Hero:
The laid back type who is actually good at doing everything but doesn't bother because he's too lazy, but when the occasion rises, he's actually kick ass.
Examples: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)


brennan wrote:
Typical Shonen Anti-Hero:
Examples: Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)


brennan wrote:
Shonen
(Cowboy Bebop)


I DON'T THINK SO, TIM

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Typical Magical Girl:

Someone who gets bad grades and isn't good at sports. She is clumsy and klutzy and lazy and alays gets into bad situations. She has a hard time thinking anything through and is very immature. She doesn't take very well to the idea of having to use her "super powers" to save the world. Is almost always late to school. She's known for being "not the brightest, but she has a big heart." Has a "signature hairstyle" or color like Usagi's dango from Sailor Moon or Sakura's little pig tail... Thingies from CCS. (What irritates me the most about those is that THEY ARE ALMOST ALWAYS PIGTAILS. CCS, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Sailor Moon, Gakuen Alice, the list goes on!!)
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Shinikage wrote:

Typical Shoujo Hero
Cute, clumsy, non-athletic, and rarely has any academic prowess. She is also commonly involved in love triangles between the good-looking cool guy, the childhood friend, the charming and always smiling nice guy, and the badass delinquent.
Examples: Tohru Honda(Fruits Basket), Tenma Tsukamoto(School Rumble)


You forgot Usagi from Sailor Moon and Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth. ~_~;; Honstly, can't any of these shows be just a bit more orriginal?? Don't get me wrong, I love Shoujo, but good lord!!
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it's like this: there's always the stupid one with heart (Naruto), silent, smart (emo or not) rival (Sasuke), and the really smart girl, that is seemingly useless (Sakura), and then ya have an older composed guy, who helps out when between a rock and a hard place (Kakashi)
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Ok how about the male protagonist in harem anime, just a regular joe with no especial talents but out of the blue he's swarmed by all this beautiful girls (spunky childhood friend, big breasted bimbo, flat loli, shy quiet girl, glasses girl, blue eyed blonde foreingner and let's throw in a little sister or cousin to top it of) and they all fight for his afection and he never screws any of them even when they throw themselves at him i mean W.T.F. That's not normal.

He may be hated by a lot of people but Makoto from School Days at least didn't wasted the chances given to him and he got laid like a rabbit...he finally broke the harem cycle, altought he got fucked at the end.
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