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You know, those kinds of characters you don't typically see in anime? Like, if you had to designate them to one particular trope, you'd put them under miscellaneous?

Bobobo-bo-bobobo anyone?
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Gon freeces from hunter x hunter and pretty much every character in the series. he is in the beginning o just some kid that happy go luckily like naruto saves world blah blah blah but nope freaking pulls a 180 and murders everything.
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So a character that doesn't follow any anime tropes?

Ummm I think the main characters in Black Lagoon are uncommon like Revy I guess.

That's at the top of my head. I would probably recommend something different if I spend more time on it.
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Posted 6/20/14 , edited 6/20/14
So nobody else has responded to the thread? My god! Is, like, 98% of the characters in anime really that cliche that it's hard for people to think of at least 1 that's unique?!
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Almost 95% entire cast from Saki.
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not cliche? that's a pretty tall order these days honestly... imo you don't see very many lancers from fate/zero though
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To name a few...

The prince from Level E.
Honoka from The Third - Aoi Hitomi no Shoujo.
Kino from Kino's Journey.
Aki from Kamisama Dolls.
The fairies from Humanity Has Declined.

Perhaps needless to say, each of these series have other characters which are not cliche as well.
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Cliche is what you make it. It could be argued that any character is cliche or not cliche. It's all in how the character's qualities come together. We've seen pretty much all there is to see at this point, but probably not every combination thereof. The trouble is that your interpretation of the character is a big factor. What I find cliche is different from what someone else might find cliche. For example, I might dislike a character because they're a little bit cookie-cutter, and have no other personality traits that stand out in my mind. Someone else might like that character because despite their cookie-cutter qualities, the character has a personality trait that's uncommon for their character type, which the person really enjoys. The character is cliche to me because I consider the distinctive trait unimportant, but original to another viewer because they consider it important.

Frankly, I don't pay attention to whether characters are cliche unless its in a way that annoys me, and there are fairly few character types that annoy me. Every character is a combination of different fictional tropes, and some of them are more common combinations than others, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a 'more original' character will be more entertaining or better for the plot.
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Posted 6/21/14

lolitaninja wrote:

You know, those kinds of characters you don't typically see in anime? Like, if you had to designate them to one particular trope, you'd put them under miscellaneous?

Bobobo-bo-bobobo anyone?


As far as shows go, Bobobo is a fun and rather unusual guy. He is a parody of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star however, so I'm unsure how much he dies or doesn't count.

I've been watching fairy tail recently, and despite the horrible writing, the titular heroes and every member of the guild are very well done. Erza specifically gets called out for being a proper strong female character, instead of being your generic overpowered because genius girl cliche like Kim Possible or just pick a trope.

On the same note, Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill la Kill is absurdly exceptional. Take what I said about Erza but triple the seriousness and power. None of that friends nonsense, just pure self confidence gong beyond simple pride or arrogance. Just confidence.

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Posted 6/21/14
Balsa Yonsa from Moribito
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No such character exists. If they're not cliche in one aspect, they're cliche in the other. Besides, even if there was a single character that had enough originality to be considered unorthodox, chances are someone will come along in the near future and "borrow" that character and/or his/her characteristics, which creates an entirely new trope/category.
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If the character is done right or is good, clichés don't matter to me.
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Posted 6/21/14
Well, for me, just about the most unique character that comes to mind is Claire Stanfield of Baccano.
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LionelJeid wrote:

If the character is done right or is good, clichés don't matter to me.


i never thought of it that way, but i do agree. Cliches are cliches because the idea is well-liked. It's the presentation of the idea that makes a difference.
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Posted 6/22/14 , edited 6/22/14

LionelJeid wrote:

If the character is done right or is good, clichés don't matter to me.


Exactly. Clichés, I believe, help us easily recognize what a character is mostly, if not all about, but they don't really matter as much as a character's depth (i.e. personality and role in a series). Adding some unique twist and substance on a certain trope also helps a "cliché" character design. Sometimes, they may even serve as templates for character designs during development.
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