Why exactly do you see Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magic and Tougou from Yuki Yuna is a hero as the Mary Sue-senpai stereotype?


I think people misunderstand what I mean when I use an image of a character as an example. It doesn't mean the character is bad, or unoriginal, to be an example of this type. It's just that I'm sick of new anime always using this type, or having other characters (not pictured) in newer anime who don't move beyond the stereotype. They play the cliche straight and use it as a lazy device for quick and easy characterization without more thought. Yuki Yuuna and PMMM use the trope as a starting point, and then show the characters' hidden depths. But many anime I've seen use these tropes without doing that. Perhaps I should have explained better in the article. Anyway, they fit the basic pattern in both cases. Older than the protagonist, more of a "blue oni" type, more sensible, more elegant and refined. More experienced with the universe's magic system or rules. Elegant and upper class. Mami has her own luxurious apartment all to herself, and drinks tea, a symbol of this "ojou" type, and has princess drill hair. Togou has the long, elegant, straight black hair more common in this type. She's older, wiser, more mature, and just better at things. In both series, I like them as examples, because they both do/are more than that, but there are lots of examples of that type being used as a cliche stock character. Also, in bad anime, such characters are often stock love interests and the deliverers of exposition dumps. That's why I hate the TYPE or the CLICHE, not the specific examples of characters with traits resembling that type. I used images for reference from many well-known anime so that people would get that I'm speaking about PATTERNS, not individual characters.

Updated on January 20, 2020

Original Article:

8 Annoying Anime Character Types (That Will Make You Groan!)
By Rachael Lefler

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