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If you haven't run across TV Tropes, then you definitely need to check it out.

I love the Better Than It Sounds page. To give you an idea, here are examples for some of the most recognized/popular anime. In fact, see if you can guess the show.

1. A really sarcastic teenager who can see ghosts gets otherworldly powers and kills bad ghosts with his buddies, who also happen to have otherworldly powers.
2. A teenage girl teams up with a cellist and a giant-revolver-wielding David Bowie to fight vampires.
3. A former gangster fights with his best friend over a woman, then becomes a bounty hunter along with a former cop, a 70-year old woman who looks like she's in her mid-20s, an androgynous and feral teenage hacker, and a superintelligent dog.
4. Student finds little black book. Mass murder ensues.
5. An Odd Couple of brothers try to overthrow their own country by way of using stringent ruled magic. We could go deeper but the manga and anime are completely different and we can't be biased.
6. A cybernetically-enhanced police officer and a group of sentient tanks battle terrorists and contemplate the meaning of their existence.
7. Boy becomes possessed by ghost, plays board game.
8. A teenage girl falls into a well and finds a dog-eared White Haired Pretty Boy. They travel around the past to collect countless fragments of a Mac Guffin so that he can Become A Real Boy.
9. A baby trains a kid to be a Mafia boss while shooting him in the head.
10. A girl decides that the perfect man for her is the guy who wants to kill her. Yaoi Fangirls flood mecha fansites.
11. A ninja clad in nothing but orange tries to become the greatest his generation has ever known. The Big Bad looks like a mix between Voldemort and Michael Jackson.
12. A mentally-ill 14 year-old boy and his mentally-ill classmates fight angels using giant robots. The boy lives with an alcoholic, an angry girl and a penguin, and hates his father, who wears really Scary Shiny Glasses and is insanely pretentious.
13. Boy who cannot swim attempts to become a pirate. He gets cursed by a fruit, and teams up with the likes of a guy who fights with three swords at once and a talking reindeer who wants to be a doctor.
14. A girl (who likes to dress as a boy) breaks an expensive vase, and has to work off her debt by hanging around a bunch of ridiculously handsome boys (all of whom play to the fetishes of their female clientele).
15. A Badass Longcoat and his Cute Shotaro Boy sidekick inherit a Mac Guffin Girl and a snarky spaceship from a dead client. Together, along with a lady samurai and a spazzy Cat Girl, they find God.
16. Mysterious Bishonen runs evil pet shop with poor customer service and no return policy.
17. A boy gets turned into a girl and is subsequently hoisted into an engagement neither he/she nor his/her newly appointed fiance wants. Aforementioned girl-boy also turns out to be a chick (and guy) magnet. Hilarity ensues.
18. A tavern waitress cons a ronin and a bandit into following her around Japan, looking for a Christian samurai who smells like a flower. They do it all to the tune of a hip-hop soundtrack.
19. A comedy about a high school teacher who is repeatedly driven to attempt suicide by his dysfunctional students and relatively minor annoyances.
20. Overdeveloped girls in underdeveloped uniforms battle inter-planetary threats in the name of a large chunk of rock.
21. An unwitting goddess's beloved causes an ontological crisis by becoming attracted to a girl said goddess kidnapped to show off for sex appeal, often to appeal to her.
22. High-school student releases an ancient demon who turns out to be a beautiful female space pirate. Several more girls show up later. There's some fighting, both with villains and over the student's affection. He never actually picks one of the girls.
23. In the post-apocalyptic world of the future, a wanted criminal flees from an insurance company. Hilarity Ensues.
24. An Ordinary High School Student slices a girl he never met before into seventeen pieces with a fruit knife. She gets better and enlists him to fight vampires.
25. A psychic high school track star gets whisked away to an invisible planet by a boy with a mecha that turns into a dragon and saves said planet from a pyromaniac teenager and Isaac Newton.
26. A Hikikomori attempts to rejoin society and fails. Repeatedly. He still gets the girls, though.
27. Smug witch makes a Weirdness Magnet her bitch.
28. Several people compete at making bread, which is Serious Business.
29. Guy dies trying to save a little boy from a car. Becomes a detective for the son of (a) god. Meets up with demons and lots of Ho Yay. Many Genre Shifts ensue.
30. Shy bookworm must kill Beethoven and other historical figures with paper.

Seriously. Go there, and look for your favorite movie/TV show/book/anime/webcomic.

I love the Crowning Moment of Awesome page, not to mention the definition pages for all of the character archetypes. Some of my favorites:

1. Magnificent Bastard (Not to be confused with the Smug Snake, Heroic Sociopath, or Loveable Rogue.)
2. Chivalrous Pervert (Not to be confused with the I Have You Now My Pretty or Accidental Pervert.)
3. Lovable Sex Maniac (Not to be confused with the Casanova or Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.)
4. Deadpan Snarker (See also The Daria, The Mean Brit, and First Person Smartass
5. Too Dumb To Live (Not to be confused with the Cloudcuckoolander, Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, or The Kimberly.)

Lawl.
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