Anime, like all art forms, repeats itself. As time has gone by over about 40 years of anime being truly popular, patterns have surfaced in the medium over the years. These cliches are often VERY annoying but when done right, they can be really cool, and something you actually look forward to seeing in a series.
So, what are your favourite cliches and stereotypes in anime?
Personally, my favourite stereotype comes in the form of a character type as opposed to an actual event
I love Tsunderes, I really do. Whenever I see a Tsundere in an anime it ups its cool rating SIGNIFICANTLY, and they are EVERYWHERE. You may not know what a Tsundere is, so i'll fill you in, a Tsundere is a character, usually a female, who can be either extremely *****y or extremely nice, who switch to the opposite end of the spectrum when confronted by feelings of love. And i love them, Asuka from Evangelion, Misty from Pokemon, Keiko from Yu Yu Hakusho, Akane from Ranma 1/2 and many more.
So, what are your favourite anime cliches, stereotypes or stock characters?