Anime tropes are full of clichés and yet we love to hate them. Some of them are overdone for sure, but some of them we just love to hate! Because we like using weird numbers, here are seven anime tropes we love to hate but might actually love.
Ridiculous Power Scaling
Can anyone say Natsu or Fairy Tail in general? They are KNOWN for almost being defeated by a new antagonist and then by “friendship power” suddenly getting a new power-up and winning. Though we can admit that some of the power-ups are really cool to look at, it almost takes away from the fight. First-time watchers will enjoy watching but if you’re a veteran, it can get boring. We still love this trope though.
The happy-go-lucky character
These characters are always exaggerated and over the top. They never get bothered by anything or anyone. Just happy go lucky with usually a permanent grin or making silly/funny faces. I think we can admire them at times for their attitude but I don’t think it’s realistic to ALWAYS be happy. Still, it’s a nice break from the truth of life.
The exaggerated “Mu-ha-ha-ha”
These anime tropes just make me laugh. Starting from when I was a child and watching Pokémon. The exaggerated laugh makes YOU laugh. Usually, the evil anime character will use this laugh or a character who is trying to appear better than the rest. In reality, it just makes them funny. Since then, it’s still used in anime shows today. It’s a nostalgic reminder of the 90’s and better times for me. It’s one of the few that I hope doesn’t die out. Hopefully, comedy anime will keep this funny and still enjoyable anime trope.
You might recognize this word from One Punch Man. He wears the hoodie/sweatshirt with the words Oppai on them. Personally, I think it’s very bold of him to wear that but, hey, to each their own I guess.
To put it simply, the word refers to breasts, especially large ones. Nine times out of ten, a female anime character will be very well-endowed in the chest area. On top of that, she’ll probably be wearing an extremely revealing outfit, whether it actually makes sense or not. And of course, the guy character will accidentally fall on top of her and end up groping her oppai.
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Character Unlocks Secret/Forgotten Power Just Before Defeat
Much like Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball Z STARTED the anime tropes of power-ups and unlocking forgotten powers. Dragon Ball Z is KNOWN for their episode-long fight scenes where they power up, screaming, for an entire episode. But we still love to hate it. Or just plain love it.
The famous “NANI”, translation for WHAT?? When a character is in shock or surprised by something, this is the typical reaction. And the words are dragged out to make it more ridiculous. Of course, that’s why it’s been made into so many memes. Even have had a few t-shirts made. It’s one of the few anime tropes that people actually seem to like and not be tired of.
A tsundere is a character, most often female and in anime, who switches from being tough and cold towards a love interest into being soft and sweet. Taiga Aisaka from Toradora is one of the most popular and well-known Tsundere’s. Louise in Zero no Tsukaima is another less-known one(but still really good anime) that shows off the popular anime tropes.
What anime tropes do you love to hate or just plain love/hate? Let us know in the comments below!