Harem cliches and the types of cliches appear all too often in these anime shows.
They’re related to:
- The characters.
- How they behave.
- The male MC.
- Tropes that harem anime are known for.
And elements that either make harem anime much better when all is said and done, or worse because they’re oversued or abused to the point of harming overall quality.
Let’s focus on all of it.
Common types of harem cliches:
1. Big oppai
This one is a given. You can’t name too many harem anime shows that aren’t without the oppai cliche.
You’ll have those characters who balance it out or those without the oversized chest, but there always has to be that ONE obvious character who’s overly energetic, extra, or extroverted.
The blonde girl Shera from How Not To Summon A Demon Lord is the perfect example of this.
2. Indecisive MC
No main character in any anime is more indecisive than the harem MC. Not even the
In a harem anime, the setting is always about the guy and the
The MC is usually so indecisive and lacks any real set of balls, that they never make a decision. And that impacts the
Ever since the SAOs of the world blew up and led the way for
Sometimes the harem elements aren’t even a natural part of the show, meaning it’s not in the harem genre. But the harem is so on point and obvious that it’s hard to dissociate a series from its harem aspects.
The Eminence In Shadow can fit into this box in a more hilarious, parody sort of way. And
4. Teenage characters (usually not adults)
A lot of the time Japanese anime focuses a lot on teenage characters, kids, and those who are in the prime of their youth. This is deliberate since that’s what the Japanese audience loves and appreciates for what it is.
So seeing this in a harem series or one mixed with
5. A girl or older woman who says “Ara Ara”
Date A Live is a
All that matters is there will be a woman who will say “ara ara” or she’ll have that type of energy and vibe based on her mannerisms and worldplay.
This isn’t completely exclusive to the harem genre, but you have it in these shows so much it’s a cliche.
It also extends to Hentai as well.
6. Tsundere personality
In a harem setting, you’ll have a Tsundere who might fight, argue, or or get flustered because other
7. Overpowered MC
This one is a given, especially if it’s in an
In a harem setting when
Even if it’s for the best.
8. Female characters of all races, faces, and shapes
Monster Musume is always a good example to use when talking about harem cliches and cliches in general. The MC is surrounded by
High School DxD has this, and so do countless other anime shows.
9. Virgin MC
When the harem anime in question is in a school setting and there aren’t any crazy powers involved (not always), the main character can be a virgin a lot of the time.
In fact, this is more common than you think.
Date A Live is a good example again with Shido Itsuka.
Despite getting so much attention the MC lacks any sexual experience or experience with women in general, and all that has the potential to change now that
10. Promoting polygamous relationships
Some anime, not all anime, promote polygamous relationships. And of course, these anime are almost always in the harem genre rather than anything else.
The anime In Another World With My Smartphone is an obvious choice on this topic. The MC marries multiple
And so, this anime fits the idea of polygamy perfectly.
11. MC with a bland
design and hardly memorable
This could go for almost every single harem anime on the face of the earth. But there are obvious exceptions since I’m exaggerating a bit.
Date A Live, again, is a perfect example. Shido isn’t anything special as far as
School Days has an MC who’s bland also, and he’s one of the biggest assholes of any of these series combined.
When the MC is bland, it’s usually the case to make the