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Antagonist

The main opposing force of a story. Normally the antagonist is a villain but other forms of fiction may have them as heroes or indifferent characters.

Bathing Scene

Bathing Scenes, while occasionally meaningful to plot or character development, are generally excuses for fan service.

Beauty Pageant

A Beauty Pageant is a contest to see who is the most attractive which can consist of talent competitions and more. Normally, usually just used for fan service in manga/anime.

Best Friends

Betrayal

Betrayal is the act of treachery or a violation of a trust or allegiance. This can be to one's friends, country, or God.

Big Bad

Usually the main villain of the season/show. Alongside the "Bigger Bads", they are the most difficult to defeat or even kill.

Big Boobs

What is anime without the over-sexualization of women's breasts?

Bisexual characters

Characters excepting traits of attraction to both genders instead of just one or the other.

Bishojo

Typical "beautiful girl" in anime and manga

Breaking the Fourth Wall

The act of Breaking the 4th Wall is when a character seem to show knowledge that they are in a fictional series. Normally by talking directly to the audience.

Brother Complex

When a character idolizes their older brother. They sometimes appear to have romantic feelings towards him.

Brother and Sister

A male and a female member of a family that share the same parents.

Brothers

Male characters that share the same parents.

Cats

Feline animal with four legs and says "meow." Many are found hanging around animes and mangas.

Childhood Friend

The character has known the protagonist for a long time, typically all his/her life. If he/she's from the opposite gender there's a high chance he/she has a crush on the main character.

Comedy

Nearly every anime has a comedic moment here or there. Everyone likes to laugh.

Convenient Censorship

Convenient Censorship such as steam, hair and beams of light are often used in anime and manga to show naked characters while obscuring their "naughty bits".

Cooking

Someone or something to do with cooking.

Cosplay

The practice of dressing like characters from anime, manga, video games, and even novels, TV shows, celebrities, etc.

Coward

Often used as a form of comic relief in anime, cowards run away to fight another day. This doesn't mean they won't stand up for what's right, they'll just do it with trembling knees.

Cross-Dressing

The act of wearing clothes commonly associated with the opposite gender.

Dark Past

One or more past events that negatively affected one or more people. It's very common in an anime for at least one person to have such a past.

Date

Going on a date with...

Delinquents

One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws, often used to describe younger individuals such as high schoolers who cause trouble.

Doctors

A Doctor is a medical professional that works to the goal of curing illness in others.

Drama

Drama is a concept used in story telling to invoke an emotional reaction from the audience by using serious themes; such as tragedy, suspense, and death.

Dreams & Nightmares

The imaginary events that goes on in your head when you are asleep. In some anime's they can bring important messages or to haunt a person.

Fan Service

Fan Service is often a sexually provocative moment or pose that takes place in manga and anime. It usually has no real purpose to a story, and serves as a lurid visual.

Father

Fatherhood as a concept. A man who has conceived or raised a child.

Fighters

The character knows well how to defend him or herself.

First date

The first date of a (potential) couple.

Flashback

Used frequently in Anime to either recap past events or provide a back story for a character, either their origin story or their off-screen training of new attack. Sometime and entire episode/chapter would be a entire flashback.

Fox Eyes

When a character always seems to have their eyes shut. This can be used to either show wisdom or mischief.

Gainax Bounce

The "Gainax Bounce" refers to breasts bouncing around gratuitously in anime, often in ways that seem to defy physics.

Grandmother

The mother of one's mother or father.

Henchmen

Henchmen, or Lackeys, are the nameless masses under the command of a villain or other leader.

Heroic Sacrifice

An act when someone gives up something of great importance for a greater good.

Humans

Humans are typically depicted as the dominant species of the planet Earth, and sometimes of other planets. Humans often mirror their real life counterparts in terms of abilities and intellect, while other times they can achieve superhuman feats.

King's Game

The King's Game is a popular party-dare game played using chopsticks.

Kissing

Kissing is the act of pressing your lips to the body of another person. This can be on the cheeks, head, hand, but more commonly to another person's lips.

Kuudere

A character, often cold and harsh on the outside; but swirling with feelings inside. Much like an igloo, they keep an ice-cold wall, in an ice-cold world; just to protect the warmth inside.

Leader

The character is in higher rank. in hiearchy. Either he/she's an officer or simply marked as a leader of the group. He/she's the one making the important decisions ragarding the group or organisation he/she's leading.

Lecher

Characters who exercise their strong libidinous desires in unwholesome ways, such as peeping on the objects of their desire, making inappropriate comments, stealing underwear etc. Though typically middle-aged or elderly men with a penchant for young girls, there are probably a few dirty old women out there.

Maids & Butlers

Maids and Butlers are highly popular within anime and manga. They can simply be a job, or they can be a lifestyle for loyal servants to a master or mistress. Identified by a particular uniform. Also popular in cosplay.

Manga Iconography

Common visual conventions seen in manga and anime to convey emotions, often for comical effect.

Moe

Moe (pronounce moh-eh) is a Japanese slang term for something one likes, and within the anime realm is used to refer to characters who inspire a protective sort of love-- usually because the characters seem to need someone to take care of them.

Moronic character

The kind of character always gets into trouble by his or her bad luck, silliness, and/or cluelessness. A common source of comedy.

Mother

A woman who has given birth to or raised a child.

Nosebleed

Bleeding from the nose, in manga/anime it mostly used as a sight gag that happens when a character is thinking or witnessing something perverted.

Nurses

A Nurse is a regular hospital worker and Doctor's assistant. Assisting in the day to day care of patients, they can be male or female.

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