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Post Reply Do you find that character personalities are starting to become unoriginal?
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Posted 3/10/14
Your thoughts? I personally find characters becoming to similar… The only refreshing anime with characters is Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! or Love Chunibyo and other Delusions… Your Thoughts? Please answer the poll and comment below thanks
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It depends on the rest of the show; the animation, the writing, the voice acting, the music and SFX, if all of these things are done well enough then I am able to look passed the overused character archetypes..
Posted 3/10/14 , edited 3/10/14
I'm over shy and tsundere girls at this point. (I don't have anything against real life shy people, but these traits are overused in anime characters)

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Yeah I'm fed up with the multitude of tsundere girls at this point.
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I just don't watch anything that I'm not up for. If anything bothers me like the character, I wait until I don't care too much and then I watch.
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Posted 3/10/14
There's always been basic character troupes. Every character in existence is essentially a renewal of some other character in some other place that has already long been written. Take your average shounen hero, for example. That character archetype has been around for ages, yet people keep using it and liking it. Why? Because even when a character is not "original", they can still be compelling. It all depends on how well they are written into their roles.

Take the comparatively new tsundere stereotype. I'm sure we can all think of a few dozen tsundere characters that are absolutely annoying as hell. They do nothing but irritate viewers; why are they even there? However, there are also quite a few tsundere characters that have been written very well and fit into their role in the story nicely. Take Taiga from Toradora as an example. People love Taiga, even though she is definitely a tsundere. Why? Because she is a well-written tsundere. She is not a flat, one-trick pony. She is complex, and she shows immense character growth throughout the series.

You can take any troupe and use it in a way that enhances a story instead of detract from it. You can make an "unoriginal" character seem compelling and unique in the context of their story, as long as you write them well.

This isn't so much a question of how unoriginal characters have become as it is a question of how poorly certain characters are being written. And I can agree that there are many, many poorly written characters out there. But not any more than there have been before, really. You just notice them more now because there's more anime then there once was, and poorly-written characters/stories tend to outweigh the well-written characters/stories.

Anyways... Just my two cents on the matter. Sorry for writing a small novella.
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Posted 3/10/14
Yes.
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Posted 10/12/14
Every character is different SOMEWHAT....
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Posted 10/12/14 , edited 10/12/14
I used to think tsundere characters were cute. I'm over them now. I just see it too often.
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Posted 1/13/15
There are two many that are the same. The fact that we can name types of charcter, such as tsundere, proves that there are a lot that are similar
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Posted 1/14/15
I have to agree with Scooty-Bby
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Posted 1/15/15 , edited 1/15/15
There're some copycats and outright reproductions of other characters, but many still have enough distinguishing traits to differentiate from others. However, some are getting quite cliched.

Female tsunderes. Female yanderes. We need more male counterparts for these two deres. namely male yanderes. I demand more male violence, as someone with a disturbing attraction to mentally unsound male characters... of course, double standards never allows most! male yanderes to see the light of day. tsunderes however are becoming slightly more commonplace among male characters, though none as violent as the whiny little brat who started the trend, which I'd be interested in seeing. Kirino, oh Kirino, how i detest thee.
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Posted 1/16/15
i say yes because......oh another tsundere heroine....ok...*sigh* i kinda liked tsunderes but now i despise them they're just assholes to the guys they like it gets on my nerves when you can tell the main heroine like oh she eats a lot is an air head and oh whats this a tsundere as well? guess i don't need to watch this anime.
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Posted 1/16/15
havent watched enough anime to know all the stereotypes yet
Posted 1/16/15
Yes, yes, yes. You can almost predict the character's personality from just looking at their face.
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