(The encyclopedia of manga tropes will totally exist someday when I am not lazy.)
This character type appears most often in shounen manga. The Tiny Infuriated Bastion of Heteronormativity is a young boy – markedly childlike in appearance compared to other male cast members – whom the narrative makes a point of proving “more manly” than the male protagonist. When he is stoic he is more stoic, when he is angry his speeches are more impassioned, when he is in love he is more awkward and monosyllabic, and when he loses a fight his urge for vengeance is greater.
He will frequently attempt to prove himself better and more masculine than the main male character, particularly if said character has taken away the attention of an enemy or love interest on whom he was himself fixated. He will often be sensitive about his height, and there may be non-consensual cross-dressing.
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(I’ve gotten past the part where I stopped reading in Shounen Jump now. The phallic stadium is completely new to me!)
“The Ankoku Bujutsukai. The evilest people who run rampant in the dark spheres organize an annual tournament where they bet on teams fighting each other for the occasion.”
“You’re going to become a simple foetus!! And I’ll crush your head!!”
“Now is time to finnish this fight! You’ve made me very angry!!”
“Usually, armor is for the protection of the one wearing it. Mine is a bit different. I wear it in order to control my power. It’s a terrible power that I can’t even control.”
“Aaaaaahhhh!!! What the —- !? The power is acting like acid!!! See — we’re melting!!”
“It looks like a lot of flowers are flying around as if to protect Kurama! But… Karasu doesn’t seem bothered by them at all!!”
(Otherwise-immobilized Kurama attacks opponent with his hair.)
Opponent: What… With his hair!?
Kurama: Sorry. I can also use my hair.
I swear to god, Kurama is the most exploitive shounen-manga bishounen ever. He gestures dramatically with roses, and attacks people with his lovely long hair, and sometimes wears a cheongsam, and (spoilers up to volume 13 under the cut) Continue reading “More brilliant Yu Yu Hakusho dialog”