Stereotypical Ren'ai Characters
Yeah, I know - what is ren'ai? Ren'ai is Japanese
for "romance". Usually when I speak of ren'ai,
I actually mean, a ren'ai game which is a computer
game strongly themed around romance such as dating games
or interactive romance stories. The funny thing about ren'ai
games is that characters in them can be found in manga and
anime as well. I made this tutorial below for those developing
ren'ai games but the characters listed in them may also
be used for your manga - and if you're pursuing it, your
anime. Have a looksee and maybe you'll get some ideas for
your story! =)
The general purpose of this list is to help new developers
or non-writers with a list of stereotypical character types
generally found in ren'ai games with which they can initially
work and build from. The list may be also used as types
of characters to avoid if you would like to make a more
original and untried character archetype. Male and female
character types generally can parallel each other such as
the jock male and jock female but there are occasions where
a character type is exclusive to only one gender. These
types are also mixed in various ways such as the over-achiever(#21)
and childhood friend(#1) = over-achieving childhood friend
(example: Shiori of Tokimeki Memorial).
Character types will be listed as follows:
Character Stereotype Name
~~Ren'ai Character Type List ~~
1. Childhood Friend
Description: This character goes way back with the main
character and generally they grew up together their whole
life. Usually, they are just seen as a younger sister or
older brother but that view changes during the course of
the game generally triggered by the childhood friend going
out with an arch nemesis. In some cases, the childhood friend
may have moved away but appears later in the main characters
life, sparking a love interest.
2. The Rich One
Description: This character is one of the richest person
in the story (opposite gender of main character). The other
tends to be your arch nemesis (same gender as main character).
This character type can go from being a snob or being the
sweetest person but normally, more the former than latter
are seen in ren'ai games. They also are the most fashionably
dressed, highly eloquent, and well groomed of all the characters.
3. The Shy Person
Description: This person is quiet, shy, and is usually a
push over. May or may not stammer but will usually run away
after a few sentences. This archetype can be coupled with
another type such as nerd (#23).
Description: The athletic person who tends to be in every
sport team available. Can usually be found in the gym, court,
the field, park, beach, or other place relating to sports.
5. Exotic Exchange Student
Description: From another country studying at your school,
the exchange student generally isn't completely fluent in
the local language and tend to have an accent.
6. Baka Hentai
Description: This type of character tends to be the main
character in bishoujo ren'ai games. Usually can be found
doing perverted actions such as lifting up girls skirts,
peeking into the girls changing room, landing on a females
chest or at her crotch, and tends to be looked down upon
by everyone except for maybe one friend.
Description: Someone who isn't in touch with reality and
tends to be lost in another thought or daydream. May be
naive, forgetful, and idealistic.
8. Lone Wolf
Description: The loner who usually has a serious or scowling
demeanor. May or may not be looked-up to by others and is
generally imposing and unapproachable. Doesn't talk a lot.
9. Sex Magnet
Description: This is the person every one of the opposite
sex is drooling over. Tends to have attributes the other
sex admires such as a muscular or a curvy physique. Tend
to be a flirt or player and generally has people surrounding
him or her. This type is dressed up to the nines and may
even be dressed provocatively or daringly.
10. Tragic Figure
Description: The character whose led a rough life and usually
has a big wall surrounding his or her heart. Tends to be
grounded (i.e. faced with harsh reality), street-smart,
and independent. This person tend to be living alone and
is working hard to survive in the world.
11. The Celebrity
Description: A famous person who may be taking a break in
his or her career, hiding out incognito, or just plain want
to have a normal life. Their celebrity background may be
from music artist, acting, modeling, or other high profile
12. The Popular One
Description: The most popular person at school is looked
up to by everyone and is generally liked by all as well.
They tend to be outgoing, gregarious, from a good family
background, well dressed, have a magnetic personality, and
is in more than one club.
Description: The admired teacher in your class if not the
whole school. Tends to be on the main characters case for
poor grades and better expectations.
Description: A girl, usually your best friend's younger
sister, who looks and acts like a little child. Usually
short, peppy, and cute looking.
15. Friend's Older Sibling
Description: Generally the opposite sex of the main character,
the older sibling has the appeal of being more mature and
mayhap even cool. The main character may have encountered
older sibling while growing up with best friend or may not
know about older sibling until quite recently.
16. Girl or Boy-Next-Door
Description: The all-around average and totally relatable
person-next-door. This person's character tends to match
or compliment that of the main character. Usually matched
with #1 Childhood Friend.
Description: All this person is into is love. From the characters
demeanor, actions, dress, and even manners - its nothing
18. Party Animal
Description: This person does nothing but have fun and party
all the time. Usually well-liked, outgoing, sociable, gregarious,
funny, and takes nothing seriously. May also be popular.
Description: A being that lives forever, this person is
generally not to be found in any normal situation or time.
Finding this person and getting their ending tends to be
difficult as well. Immortal types: Gods/Goddesses, Vampires,
20. Magic Girl
Description: The average girl with the magic powers to transform
into a super-powered-crime-fighting-machine with fancy attacks
and short, revealing outfits. Magic Girl may also be extended
to females with magic powers in general such as witches.
Description: The person who, amazingly, is doing it all:
high grades, athletic competitor, after-school club member,
class president, etc. Usually combined with #12, The Popular
22. Older Love Interest
Desciption: This person tends to be much older than the
main character in age and in experience. The personality
may or may not equate with the character's age.
Description: The smartest or at least one of the smartest
person in the whole game, the nerd tends to wear spectacles
and is loaded down with books and/or computer related items.
May or may not be a push over and tends to dress conservatively.
24. The Selfless/Righteous Person
Description: The selfless person who loves to help others
in need. Is usually sweet, naive, idealistic, righteous,
and have a good-sense of self. Tends to stand up to bullys
and will fight for what he/she believes in whole-heartedly.
25. Frail or Anemic Person
Description: The soft-spoken weak character in the game.
Usually pale and frail looking, this character may collapse
at any time. Could also be absent for periods of time to
recover from his or her illness. This person could go beyond
frail and actually be terminal with a certain amount of
time left to live.
26. Forbidden Loved One
Description: The main character is in love with ones sibling.
They may truly be siblings or is actually not related at
27. Cat Girl
Description: A cat girl, much like immortals, is hard to
find and get an ending for. May be wearing a cat suit (i.e.
human face and body with a cat suit, cat ears, cat tail,
and cat paws) or is an actual furry cat girl (i.e. all cat
from eyes, nose, and body).
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