Manga Stereotypes

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Among all of the manga and anime stereotypes, the most common that comes to mind is, no, not the main character who strives to be the best at something, not the "mysterious" antihero friend, no, not the main character's amazingly awesome master, and no, not even the little heroine that keeps getting kidnapped by a fore mentioned anti hero friend. It's the one recurring story arc that continuously pops up, the one thing you can expect in basically any teen shonen manga, the "Tournament" arc. It seems that this arc is famous wherever it goes, as it's an easy way for the writer to get all of the main characters who everyone enjoys reading to fight the other favorites, without any need for an actual reason, just their name being popped up on a screen, and, there we have it, a fight scene. This type of arc is predominant in basically any manga that focuses on fighting, and can be found everywhere, and, sadly enough, this extremely unoriginal arc is also almost always extremely long and "important" to the story. Ask any shonen manga fan and they'll always tell you that it's just the author running out of a way to introduce the next "favorite" character in the series. 

The most famous of these is more than likely the Yu Yu Hakusho "Dark Tournament" saga, one that lasted as an entire arc. That, or the Chunin Exams tournaments, which made many characters that had never come into contact before in Naruto fight each other, with no real reason, as it was a test to see who was a better ninja, not a better boxer. These "ninja" simply shown that a good punch to the face is about as good as a dagger to the neck from behind in life and death situations.

Action Manga


The Action Mangas are perhaps the most common anime/manga to exist, and therefore, they are also probably the most stereotypical, hence the making of this page.


The Main Character Stereotypes:



The Innocent Main Character

no Naruto, we don&squot;t "Believe it"
no Naruto, we don't "Believe it"


Then of course, we always have the "I'm going to be the best" main character stereotype, one that simply shows near no emotion at the beginning of the story, like...oh, to name a few...Naruto, Luffy, Yoh, and a ton of other non main stream anime/manga characters, too, but those are the most common for the most part. These stereotypical manga characters always seem to wish to be the best at something for a benefit that is selfish, but that is shown to be perfectly expectable in the series. These character also always appear to be happy go lucky, and do very insane feats that are meant to be shown as humorous. This happy way of looking at life disappears whenever someone they care for is put into danger, to the point that they become dangerous, even to the point that they threaten someone’s life. However, when they battle the person who put their loved one in danger, they almost never follow through on their threat to kill them, usually resulting in the enemy to come back and attempt to kill them again. Also, this stereotype seems to always have some sort of hidden power which is due to someone in their family, and this power always seems to manifest when they are about to be killed, and more usually when their loved one is killed or appears to be killed (See Alter Ego).

List of Innocent Main Character Stereotypes:

Naruto from the series  Naruto: Naruto is perhaps the most well known of this stereotype. He is a ninja hailing from the Konoha village, and he always appears to be cheery, despite his past full of hate. Because he was never noticed as a child (due to a  genocidal demon lurking within his belly button ), he wishes to be the  Hokage, the greatest Ninja in the village, so that he may be noticed.

Goku from the series  Dragon Ball: Goku, one of the last survivors from the planet Vegeta, was adopted by a lowly farmer, Gohan, picking him up. He grew up amazingly powerful, but also amazingly kind and innocent. He sets out with  Bulma Briefsin search of the  Dragon Balls. He is always carrying to his friends and always tries to show mercy to his enemies.

Yoh Asakura from the series  Shaman King: Yoh was born into a family of shamans and was trained to help guide the spirits to his afterlife. He always is happy and cheery when this is happening, though, and quickly befriends many of those around him, including his enemies.

Luffy from the series One Piece: When he was a small boy, Luffy gained the dream to become the “King of Pirates,” a fact he never lets anyone forget. He gained this strange dream when he met the legendary pirate  Shanks. He then accidentally ate the devil fruit, which gave him the ability to stretch, and seven years later, he sets out on his goal to become a legendary pirate.

Aang from the series [[Avatar: The Last Airbender:vol:19410]]: Aang was born as the Avatar, the person who is the bridge between all nations and all worlds. He ran away though, and was frozen for 100 years before being rescued by  Katara and Sokka. Aang always acts as an immature child, a fact that commonly puts his and other people’s life in danger.

Yamato Delgado from the series Battle B-Daman: Yamato was raised by cats up until the age of five but was then taken in by a restaurant owner named Mae who raised the completely innocent boy as her son. It seemed it was his destiny to possess the legendary B-Daman known as Cobalt Blade, which she tried to keep away from him, but on his eleventh birthday it came to him. He would always go into a fight believing victory inevitable, even when facing some of the mightiest opponents in his universe. And somehow this spirit managed to help him come out on top time and time again as his strength grew exponentially.

Subaru Sumeragi from the series  Tokyo Babylon: Subaru was born into the Sumeragi family, a famous family of exorcists who specialized in many different form of exorcism. Like most of the heroes in his stereotype, he is always kind, and always tries to find the good in everyone. Unlike mot of his fellow stereotypes, though, his goal is not so out there, and he only wishes to be a zookeeper. However things would not make it so easy (see Fallen Heroes section for details)

Kenshin



The Tough Guy Main Character

This character is the one who never took anything from anyone, and gained a reputation for being a dangerous force on the school yard. They are hated by the teachers for their juvenile ways, and always have horrible grades. Then, the character is thrown into a situation that he still has to muscle his way through, and seems or be ill suited to take on by him/herself. However he unleashes an amazing power that he is granted right when he is in need of it, usually by a young woman (for example,  Yusuke Urameshi and  Botan from  Yu Yu Hakusho and  Ichigo and  Rukia Kuchiki from  Bleach) The main character, after being granted his/her strange and unusual powers, will eventually make friends, and soon becomes a force to be dealt with, despite him starting out as an average high school punk. This character will also usually gain an über-powerful master that teaches them discipline, causing them to become even more powerful. Also, for some very strange reason, these characters are commonly given the task of hunting down supernatural beings after dying or doing something that should have resulted in their death, as well as being a sort of police officer. This, however, is not entirely a part of the stereotype, and appears to be more closely related to coincidences when writing the characters. They usually have no Main Bad guy, but more of Main Bad guys in different story arcs. A final main bad guy is established, but not after going through multiple minor Main bad guys in the process.

List of Fighting Main Character Stereotypes:

Ichigo of the series  Bleach: Ichigo was just a punk at his high school who could see ghosts, until one day he was attack by a giant hungry ghost called a Hollow that attempted to eat him. He was saved by a young girl,  Rukia , who gave him her powers so that he could defend his family. Since that day, he as become one of the most powerful spirit reapers out there.

Yusuke Urameshi from the series  Yu Yu Hakusho: Yusuke was just a punk at his school, until one day, he died saving a young child from a car. He met  Botan, and was granted another chance at life. After he came back to life, he become a detective for the spirit agency which  Botan was a part of. After that day, he was pitted against some of the most powerful villains in the spirit world.

Kamui Shiro from the series  X/1999: Though Kamui always knew that he had powers beyond human comprehension, he attempted to avoid his destiny as the key to the apocalypse and became a fighter at his school, fighting all those who oppressed the weak. Unfortunately, he was pulled back into his fate, and he had to fight for the end of humanity itself.

The Mixed Main Character




There are some instances of mixing these two kinds of main character stereotypes, resulting in an innocent and

Oh boy, our guardian. Why dont we just ask someone to take over the planet rather than waste this time?
Oh boy, our guardian. Why dont we just ask someone to take over the planet rather than waste this time?
happy High School student who is flung into a strange and abnormal situation in which they are forced to fight in situations that they are unprepared for. Again, they are usually granted abnormal powers from a female character and also usually results in them being killed or almost being killed (unless the mixed main character is a girl. They will usually just discover the power for themselves.) The mixed main character will be at first viewed as just a young and non-threatening person, but will always prove themselves as time goes on, even to that one guy who always say that they can’t do it.

List of Mixed Main Character Stereotypes:

Kazuki from the series Buso Renkin: Kazuki was a simple high school kid who liked to goof off and never thought before he acted, however, this led to his death when he got in between a girl and a raging  Homunculus. The girl,  Tokiko, turned out to be magical, and she brought him back to life using a mystical item. He would later become one of the most powerful alchemists to date.

Light Yagami from the series  Death Note: Light was just your typical super genius high school student until the day that he saw from his classroom window a book falling. This book, the  Death Note, gave him the power to kill whoever’s name was written in it. That day, he began killing criminals as the mysterious Kira.

Sakura from the series Cardcaptors Sakura: Originally a simple school girl, Sakura’s life would forever change when she one day came across a book holding within it multiple cards. When she touched them, though, the cards flew away, and she was told by a  a small floating plushie that she had to collect all of the cards again. From that day on, she had to hunt down all of the card she had released.

Fuma Mono from the series  X/1999: Fuma was just an ordinary, Kind, and handsome high school kid, but do to a cruel twist of fate, He, along with his best friend Kamui, were doomed to become the keys to the end of the world. He lost everything when Kamui chose his path, and he gained power beyond imagine, though becoming evil.

Sora

Lelouch

The Anti-Hero:



The Anti-Hero is a staple in almost every Shonen known to man kind. The Anti-Hero is one whose life is riddled with memories of a dark and tragic past (usually caused from the Evil Brother/Father character talked about below.) The Anti-hero then grows into an angered youth, and their view of right and wrong has become blurred. Usually, revenge or some sort of other external drive causes them to become partially evil. This could eventually lead to them becoming a Fallen Hero (see Below), but this is a rare occurrence. The Anti-Heroes usually have their past at the front of their mind, resulting in them to come across as a large amount of teenage Angst, and if this angst is shown two much, the character can commonly be labeled as Emo by fans of the series. These characters usually start out as a bad guy and though they become good, they still are a rival of the main character. Anti-Heroes are usually featured in stories focusing on an Innocent Main Character, providing a contrast between the two (though appearance in a series with a fighting protagonist is also commonly used, but just not as commonly.) The Anti-Hero is always originally at odds with the main character, but will eventually become friends with him. Whether this friendship will last or not is up to the writers, but eventually, the Anti-Hero will become the Heroes true friend by the end of the series.

List of Anti-Hero Stereotypes:

Sasuke from the series  Naruto: Sasuke became a dark and unstable child after  his brother killed his entire family. Sasuke then became driven by his need for revenge, but his resolve began to slip after he met  Naruto, who he eventually grew to see as his best friend. This would eventually change, though (see Fallen Heroes Section for details)

Vegeta from the series  Dragon Ball: Vegeta started out the series as a villain, but after getting his butt handed to him by  a certain hero, he turned the other cheek and joined there side. Through the entire series, his main goal is to better then [[Goku:char:19765], and at many times his dark traits got in the way of saving the day.

Hiei from the series  Yu Yu Hakusho: Hiei started out the series as a villain, but became a reluctant hero after he was defeated. Through the series, he grows to be one of the main good guys, though he always keeps the dark aspect that defines him.

Hao from the series  Shaman King: Hao is one of the main villains of a series who can be classified as working towards a good cause. After seeing that the world was being destroyed, he decided to kill those who had caused the destruction, humanity. Though he did evil things, it was for a good cause, defining him as an anti-hero.

Shaoran Li

Zoro

Prince Zuko

Ren 
 
Seto Kaiba 

The Sidekick:

  

The Fighting Sidekick

The Fighting Sidekick is one who fights alongside the Main Character, and is commonly seen by his side in almost all of the battles. The Sidekick is usually looked down upon by the other protagonists, and there for, they are forced to prove themselves multiple times. They usually become great friends with the main character, even though they originally started out on rocky terms. Throughout the story, the Sidekick will most likely be kidnapped, and due to the friendship between them and the Main Character, the Main Character will become obsessed with getting them back. The Sidekick may also have the ability to do some feats deemed impossible, but his moments of glory are usually overshadowed by the feats of the Main Character.

List of Fighting Sidekick Stereotypes:

Kazuma Kuwabara from the series  Yu Yu Hakusho: Kuwabara was always counted as the second most dangerous person on school campus, and was only beaten by Yusuke Urameshi, a fact that he took to heart. Even after he became a spirit detective along with Urameshi, he was always overshadowed by Yusuke’s achievements.

Sokka

Chao-Zu from the series dragonball is a tiny little person who was tiens sidekick (many thaght they were outloud and proud). He proved himself worthy in the battle against Vegeta.

Goofy

Ussop

Sorata Arisugawa

The Innocent Sidekick

The Innocent Sidekick is one who is there for no other reason then for a laugh and a relief in the stories tension. This is one of the few stereotypes NOT employed in the Naruto franchise (unless you count some of the summons), although it has been found in  Bleach, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Buso Renkin. The Innocent Sidekick is one who very rarely has any powers what so ever, a fact which is commonly used against the main character, in which he is forced to save his average Joe friend. The Innocent Sidekick also rarely is aware of the main character’s amazing abilities, but learns through time that they are a true powerhouse. This is not always the case though, as the sidekick may be aware of the main character’s prowess from when they first appear. Sometime, the writer of the Anime decides to kill off the Innocent sidekick, and the story then begins to take on one of the darkest turns in the series. However, this is in the minority of the series involving a Innocent Sidekick.

List of Innocent Sidekick Stereotypes

Oolong:Nowhere near as innnocent as he looked at the beginning, we swear.


Rin: Just a simple orphan girl who fellows Sesshomaru after he revived her from the dead and since she is the only thing that the Demon Lord cares for, he has saved from both death and kidnappings.

Kensuke Aida

Toji Suzuhara


Raki

Yajirobe 
 

The Pervert:



One of the most iconic stereotypes in the manga business. The perverted character has seen so many appearances that it has come to be a sort of staple in shonen mangas. However, these characters commonly are the exact same type of person, and always seem to act to similar, a trait that can take away from the enjoyment of reading a manga.

There are two types of the perverts, those who are there to teach the main characters an extremely important lesson and/or technique, and those who seem to always follow around the character for some odd reason. These two characters always have one glowing trait, they seem to have no dignity or pride, and will flirt with



any girl that they see. This always leads to rejection in one form or another, from having the girl slap them across the cheek to learning that the girl was only a ploy to distract them. Despite their questionable activities, though, the perverted character is always very powerful, and helps the main character on multiple occasions, and will become one of the biggest friends to the main character, whether as a teacher or as a traveling companion. The main character grows to depend on their power, and also comes to friendly terms with their kind yet straightforward attitude. Also, the girl who the pervert mainly associates with will almost always gain an affection (and maybe love) for the pervert, despite the fact that he does multiple sexually harassing things to her on a daily basis.

List of the Pervert Stereotypes:

 
Jiraiya
:Don't even joke about not knowing why this guy is a perv, please.

 
Master Roshi
: Of course, Master Roshi was the original master pervert, when it came to getting Bulma Briefs to flash him or simply staring at dirty magazines, he stayed perverted for the duration of the Dragonball/Z series.

 
Miroku
: The monk from Inuyasha, he always asked for Sango, wait, no, what are we thinking, any woman he met if they would have his children. He continued to reach for women he didn't even know, and proved his perversion through his many wisecracks in the series.

 
Brock
: was a Pokemon trainer who was utterly obsessed with all of the Nurse Joy's, so much that, despite them all looking completely identical, he was able to differentiate them from things as simple as their perfume or the length of their skirts.

 
Oolong
: was a shape shifting pig, another DBZ character who, at the beginning of the series, turned into a handsome man to fool Bulma into going out with him. He was extremely perverted to the end, even pretending to be Goku at one point to fulfill some of his disturbing needs.

 
Sanji

Character X:

 
The Character X stereotype refers to the character who’s face is always hidden, and is meant to add a mysterious edge to the character. The character is almost always a character who had been introduced before, usually as being dead, and who hides their after their “death” or disappearance. Hint after hint are dropped for the character X stereotype’s real identity that it becomes less of a mystery of their identity and more of a mystery why the main character can’t realize it. Eventually, the identity of the main character is finally revealed, much to the main characters shock. The X-Characters are also known to come out of nowhere to save the hero at the last minute, say a few words of encouragement, and then leave the same way he appeared. This usually increases their fan-base greatly, but at the same time, it becomes slightly repetitive, and can lead to a very predictable plot.

List of Character X Stereotypes:

Racer X (one of the classics)

Tobi (A case of being mislead into thinking he is another character.)

Haku (he was actually the boy in the mask, unbeknownst to Naruto)

Riku (when he wore the Organization XIII hood)

Tuxedo Mask

The Blue Spirit

Skull Man 
 
The Fallen Hero
 
The Fallen Hero is one of the less known stereotypes in the Manga world, but it is still present, and therefore will be appearing on this page. The Fallen Hero is one who was originally a kind and caring fighter and person with morals seen as heroic, but, after a hardship in their life, they became a dark and evil force, and one of the main obstacles to the main characters. The Fallen Hero is always extraordinarily powerful, and commonly kills people close to the main character. Usually, their past is shown in a long, chapter long flashback that provides the question of why they became evil, and will later have an equally long chapter detailing how they became evil, and when they tell their story to the main character, they attempt to bring the main character onto their side, and though it seems to effect the main character, they never switch sides. The Fallen Hero will then attack him in a famous battle. The Fallen Hero has either two different possibilities, they will either die in after being forgiven by the main character, or they will become a friend at the end.

List of the fallen hero stereotypes:

 
Riku
:Sora's best friend who fell to darkness attempting to save the remaining part of the Destiny Island's trio, Kairi. Eventually he came back to the light, no less than a complete bad@$$.

Itachi:Unbeknownst to Sasuke, he had in fact been doing all of these insane crimes, such as killing his entire clan, to save him from Madara Uchiha, aka Tobi (or so we're told).

Sasuke Ironically, he fell in order to kill his already fallen brother. 

Pein

Prince Zuko

Subaru Sumeragi

Ikki, Saint of Phoenix:

Influential Deceased



She burned in her house, but still remembered all the time
She burned in her house, but still remembered all the time

The influential deceased character is a character that appears throughout the manga in flashbacks and in conversations as important to the events currently going on… despite the fact that he is dead. The influential deceased character always leaves a lasting impression on those around him or her, and never does the author EVER let you forget their influence. Usually, they always sacrifice their life for a great cause that is utterly selfless, and that sends the main character into the adventure they are experiencing. Also, regardless of what happens in the story, the influential deceased will always remain dead, though they may appear as ghosts or in dreams. When they do appear in such a manner, it is always to deliver a speech that makes the main character follow their path and become a true hero.

List of the Influential Deceased stereotype:

Yondaime

Toru Shiro

Avatar Roku

Hokuto Sumeragi

Amidamaru

The Evil Older Sibling

Now, here's one that's almost always present in any anime or manga, the main or sidekick's older sibling.



Most people see these as "invincible", and the older brother characters are always extremely powerful, in fact more so a prodigy than the main character after them. They are nearly always "renegades" and/or wanderers in the universes they live in. In most of these situations, the older brother's younger sibling is either striving to become better than them, or to kill them, like Sasuke wanting to slay Itachi for killing his entire clan. These big brother figures are nearly never there to support said younger sibling in times of need, and are often the source of the younger sibling's hatred. They are never good examples to said younger siblings as they make "mistakes" or commit horrible  crimes that cause their siblings to hate them. However, in the end, these characters tend to come back and prove how they were such good people in actuality, by finding out that they actually attempted or did save them, to their surprise and disbelief.


List of the Evil Older Sibling Stereotype:

Sesshomaru: Come on guys, everyone knows our favorite white wolf demon. He's Inuyasha's older brother, and extremely powerful, in fact so powerful that he slew Naraku nearly instantly when they met.

Itachi: Sasuke's older brother, the slayer of his clan, possibly the most powerful in Konoha.

Princess Azula: Prince Zuko's older sister, a woman of her word....not

Zane: the Bad Boy older brother of Syrus.

Ikki, Saint of Phoenix: When he first appeared, Ikki was the evil older sibling to passive Shun.

 
Knives
: Has opposite characteristics from Vash

 
Raditz from the dragonbal z series. he is Goku's older brother and he proved to be much stronger than goku at the time.

 
 
 
 

The Sidekick:

  

The Fighting Sidekick

The Fighting Sidekick is one who fights alongside the Main Character, and is commonly seen by his side in almost all of the battles. The Sidekick is usually looked down upon by the other protagonists, and there for, they are forced to prove themselves multiple times. They usually become great friends with the main character, even though they originally started out on rocky terms. Throughout the story, the Sidekick will most likely be kidnapped, and due to the friendship between them and the Main Character, the Main Character will become obsessed with getting them back. The Sidekick may also have the ability to do some feats deemed impossible, but his moments of glory are usually overshadowed by the feats of the Main Character.

List of Fighting Sidekick Stereotypes:

Kazuma Kuwabara from the series  Yu Yu Hakusho: Kuwabara was always counted as the second most dangerous person on school campus, and was only beaten by Yusuke Urameshi, a fact that he took to heart. Even after he became a spirit detective along with Urameshi, he was always overshadowed by Yusuke’s achievements.

 
Sokka

 
Chao-Zu from the series dragonball is a tiny little person who was tiens sidekick (many thaght they were outloud and proud). He proved himself worthy in the battle against Vegeta.

 
Goofy

 
Ussop

 
Sorata Arisugawa

The Innocent Sidekick

The Innocent Sidekick is one who is there for no other reason then for a laugh and a relief in the stories tension. This is one of the few stereotypes NOT employed in the Naruto franchise (unless you count some of the summons), although it has been found in  Bleach, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Buso Renkin. The Innocent Sidekick is one who very rarely has any powers what so ever, a fact which is commonly used against the main character, in which he is forced to save his average Joe friend. The Innocent Sidekick also rarely is aware of the main character’s amazing abilities, but learns through time that they are a true powerhouse. This is not always the case though, as the sidekick may be aware of the main character’s prowess from when they first appear. Sometime, the writer of the Anime decides to kill off the Innocent sidekick, and the story then begins to take on one of the darkest turns in the series. However, this is in the minority of the series involving a Innocent Sidekick.

List of Innocent Sidekick Stereotypes

Oolong:Nowhere near as innnocent as he looked at the beginning, we swear.


Rin: Just a simple orphan girl who fellows Sesshomaru after he revived her from the dead and since she is the only thing that the Demon Lord cares for, he has saved from both death and kidnappings.

Kensuke Aida

Toji Suzuhara


Raki

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Concept Name Manga Stereotypes
Japanese Name: マンガ 固定観念
Romaji Name: manga koteikannen
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