Character Tag Guidelines
General Guidelines for Tagging
Tags are a useful feature of the character database; not only do they make it easy for you to browse all characters of a certain type (such as searching for all pirates), but they also play a large role in the similar characters function. Therefore, it’s essential that the tags used adhere to the guidelines we have set up. First off, here are a couple of points to remember when tagging a character:
Notes About Certain Tag Groups
Note: The full set of guidelines is long, so for the sake of space, the guideline for each individual tag is behind a spoiler tag.
Tag Guidelines - A-M:
These characters are substantially taller than other members of the cast, often towering over their cohorts as if they are some reincarnation of the Frankenstein monster. This difference in size should not be minimal, as it needs to be quite noticeable and a large part of the character’s overall design. Characters who are frequently teased or mentioned as being abnormally tall would also be considered for the tag; however, giants, by virtue of being a different species from the regular cast, would NOT be eligible for the tag.
Any characters who are actors would get this tag. This extends to those who act professionally or those in a drama club at school. However this tag does NOT include idols, as they have their own tag.
Any characters from age 20 to 64 inclusive would get this tag. Anyone below that age would get either the Teenager or Child tag, and anyone 65+ gets the Elderly tag.
It’s pretty easy to determine if a character gets the Afro tag or not; if the person in question has an Afro then they get the tag. This only counts for characters who have an Afro the entire time, such as Yamaguchi from Cromartie High School and Brook from One Piece, but does not extend to characters who only have an Afro occasionally - such as the likes of Keroro and the gang from Keroro Gunsou who often appear with Afros when they get blown up. Also, the tag does NOT cover non-traditional Afros - so the likes of Love from Bleach with his pointy-style Afro don’t count.
This tag should be used on characters who are immortal or do not physically age. This means that the tag can be used on ghosts (they’re already dead and will not age) as well as youkai, deities, vampires, and demons provided that it is appropriate. The tag should NOT be blindly added to all of the previous examples because some vampires, demons and youkai may actually age. Also, this tag should NOT be used in conjunction with any of the other age tags - since while a character may look like an old man, they cannot be ageless AND elderly. This tag should NOT be used if the character’s lack of aging is in any way a spoiler.
Ever seen a character and wondered just how they could be THAT dumb? If so then they are an ideal candidate for this tag. The Airhead tag should be used for those individuals who are especially idiotic, dim-witted, or just plain clueless. This tag should NOT be used on anyone who only does badly on their school tests, instead, you should bear the following things in mind:
Alchemists are characters who pursue the knowledge and materials for creating such items as the legendary Philosopher's stone and elixir of immortality. In fiction, they are particularly known for being able to transmute one element into a different element, as well as being the creators of the artificial beings known as the homunculi (homunculus). With most anime/manga, the authors tend to take liberties with the definition of the term and create characters who are loosely based around the principles and themes of subjects related to alchemy. The defining factor of whether or not a character gets this tag, is that they MUST be noted as an alchemist in the anime/manga. If any character directly mentions "alchemist" to be their role, or if they are said to practice alchemy in any significant way, then they WOULD get the tag.
Examples of alchemists in anime are Huey Laforet of Baccano! and Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist.
A unique example is that of Busou Renkin, in which the protagonists are referred to as alchemist/alchemic warriors. Despite being able to instinctually transmute kakugane into weapons, they do not possess alchemical knowledge, nor do they inherently have alchemist abilities; however, they DO receive the tag as they are directly referred to as alchemists several times throughout the series, which is heavily influenced by alchemy.
Essentially, this tag is for characters who are aliens. Generally it should be used for those who are not from earth - regardless of whether they appear human or not - however, there are some things to be taken into consideration:
The analytical tag is for characters that frequently analyze people, objects or situations. This includes the following types of characters:
The analytical tag CAN be used alongside the manipulative tag.
For those not overly familiar with sci-fi, the question of when to use Android, when to opt for Cyborg and when to tag Robot is one that may seem confusing initially, so hopefully this should help sort that out.
These two tags are for characters who have a clinical fear of the opposite sex. The Androphobia tag should be used for females who cannot stand the male sex, while the Gynophobia tag should generally be used for males who fear the female sex. There may be the odd occasion where a person cannot abide people of their own sex, in which case it is fine to tag males with Androphobia or females with Gynophobia.
There are several ways to determine whether a character qualifies for either of these tags:
The angels tag should be used on characters who are angels. This means that if any characters are referred to consistently as angels - not just as a passing “Oh you’re my angel!” type comment - then they WOULD get the tag. The tag does NOT cover the likes of Belldandy etc from Ah! My Goddess or any other goddess-types as they should have the deity tag instead. The angels tag also extends to the likes of Rakka and the other haibane from Haibane Renmei since - while not technically angels - they have the standard angelic appearance (with their wings and halos) and there are other varying factors that makes them similar to enough to angels to warrant the tag.
Also the angels tag should generally work in tandem with the wings tag. If a character is tagged with angel and they also have wings then they should also be marked as such - even if the tag itself implies it.
This tag is for characters who demonstrate a strong love or passion for animals. It doesn't matter if the individual in question loves all types of animal or just one species, if their love for animals is a big part of their personality, then they WOULD get the tag. The animal lover tag covers not only mammals, but also birds, lizards, insects and any other living creature. This tag also extends to the likes of oddities such as Abiru from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei who has a bizarre fetish for pulling animals' tails. This tag should NOT be used for characters who partake in bestiality, as it is purely for those with a non-sexual interest in animals.
The animal tag should be used for animals, whether cats, dogs, rabbits, bears etc. The animal tag also extends to birds, but does NOT include humans who represent animals or wear animal costumes such as the Hare from Miyuki-chan in Wonderland; in the appropriate cases these characters would get the animal ears tag. The exception to the rule is the cast of Damekko Doubutsu who - while they look like people in costumes - are actually animals.
The below list contains specific animal tags that, if applicable to the character in question, should be used in conjunction with the animal tag. If they DON'T qualify for the animal tag though, then they shouldn't get tagged with any of the tags below:
The Announcer tag pertains to characters whose main purpose in an anime or manga is to narrate the events of the plot. Usually these characters give an analysis of fighting competitions, and serve little function outside of that role. Characters who simply comment on events as a spectator, or characters who serve as an announcer for only a brief amount of time relative to their screen time, are NOT covered by this tag.
There are going to be oddities in this category such as the likes of Mr. 3 from One Piece, but for the moment we’ll just focus on the more standard use of this tag. Here are the main things to look for regarding this tag.
This tag applies to characters who pursue artifacts or relics of civilizations left behind by ancient peoples. Archaeologists typically have a fascination with prehistoric cultures and are often seen exploring ruins, studying inscriptions, and excavating remains. While the characters themselves do not strictly need to be archaeologists by profession, the act of excavation must be a significant hobby or outlet for the character to qualify for the tag in the absence of the job title. A good example of an archaeologist is Nico Robin from One Piece.
If applicable, this tag CAN be used alongside treasure hunter; however, this tag is not to be confused with paleontologists, who study fossils of former life forms such as dinosaurs and primordial plants.
The archer tag is to be used on characters who wield a bow and arrow. This covers the likes of individuals who fight PRIMARILY with a bow and arrow, such as Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke, as well as characters that are part of an archery club at school - like Doumeki from xxxHolic. Characters that PRIMARILY fight with crossbows, such as Kureha from Night Wizard WOULD also get the tag.
This tag is for characters who wears armor for the majority of the time they are onscreen. There are certain things to bear in mind when using this tag.
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.):
The Artificial Intelligence tag is for those characters who - as the name states - are artificially created lifeforms. Whether they’re created by humans, aliens or some accidental coding doesn’t matter, so long as they do NOT have a physical body and are NOT natural lifeforms then they will most likely get the tag. However, since this can be a more complicated area, here is a break down of what does and does not count;
The artist tag is for characters who are particularly artistic and creative. This tag can be applied to those who use their artistry in their line of work - such as Mikiko from Animation Runner Kuromi - or those who are part of an art club/go to a specialised art school - such as basically the entire casts of G.A. Geijutsuka Art Design Class and Hidamari Sketch. Also, characters who paint, sculpt or create any kind of art for hobbies qualify for the tag. Finally there are odd cases, such as Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist and Deidara from Naruto who are also tagged as artists since they not only constantly refer to themselves as such, but they use their own creative flair in their attacks - such as Deidara’s various bomb sculptures.
See Mercenaries/Bounty Hunters/Assassins.
The athlete tag is for characters that partake in sports activities. This covers the likes of baseball players, soccer players, basketball players, tennis players, and track and field athletes. It also extends to the slightly more obscure sports such as those who are in an Archery club at school (note: archers in warfare do NOT get this tag).
The below list contains specific sports tags that, if applicable to the character in question, should be used in conjunction with the athlete tag:
This tag should be used for characters who are aged 2 and under. If they are 3 and above they get the child tag instead.
Another relatively easy one to implement. If a character has bandages as part of their regular appearance such as Danzou from Naruto and Kuukaku from Bleach they get the tag. It should also be noted that it is not only facial/head bandages that count. If a character always wears bandages around their arms/hands or their waist, then they also qualify - many martial artists are shown with bandages to protect their hands etc. Finally, those characters who constantly wear band-aids - such as Kenichi from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi - then they will also get the tag. Those who only ever have bandages when they are injured do NOT count - therefore be very careful if tagging based on the character image alone. For example, the likes and Minotaurus from One Piece has bandages in his pictures, however it is not part of his default appearance - it was simply a pain to get a decent non-bandaged image of him.
This tag should be used for characters who wear bandanas as part of their regular appearance. It doesn’t matter if it’s worn around the head like Kaidou from Prince of Tennis, around the neck, such as Bisca from Fairy Tail or even if it varies, like Zoro from One Piece who wears his bandana on his head when in a serious fight, but otherwise keeps it on his arm. It also doesn’t matter if the character in question wears the bandana across his entire head, or simply around his forehead - such as the likes of T.K. from Angel Beats, if the bandana is a normal part of their appearance, the character gets the tag.
The bartender tag refers to characters that manage a bar, whether through serving drinks, cleaning glasses, or giving advice to a patron. These characters do not necessarily need to dress like the stereotypical bartender, but they are required to be a bartender by profession.
The battle gamer tag should be used on characters who partake in battle games such as those in the likes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Beyblade and Cardfight!! Vanguard. This tag should NOT be used for the likes of Pokemon trainers or Digimon tamers, they would instead get the monster trainer tag. Likewise, characters the play video games would NOT get the tag, nor would battles between non-human characters such as the A.I. battles in Megaman NT Warrior. The key is that if a character uses an inanimate object in their battles, be they cards, toys or whatever, then they WOULD get the tag.
This tag, as suggested by its title, is for characters who eat... a LOT. This tag is NOT for characters that simply appear to have a large appetite, but don’t eat excessively. The likes of Gigi from Ristorante Paradiso do NOT get this tag, because while he’s basically silent and he spends a lot of time eating, his appetite isn’t excessive. The sort of characters who DO get this tag are the Luffy’s and Chouji’s of the world. Here are a few points to look out for when considering this tag:
When thinking about how to use the big ego tag, here are a few things to bear in mind:
The big nose tag is for exactly what it says and are for characters that have particularly huge noses. They don’t have to be repulsive as such, but if they are excessively large, or so long that Pinocchio would be in awe then they WOULD get the tag.
This tag should NOT be used when large noses are a part of the visual style. For example, though the cast of Ristorante Paradiso have large noses for anime and manga, that is down to the artistic design and is not character-specific, whereas the likes of Usopp from One Piece has a long nose that isn’t a standard character design, thus he DOES qualify for the tag. Likewise noses simply being large for anime or manga but are actually normal-sized in terms of real life do NOT qualify for the tag.
Characters that qualify for this tag are those who create weapons, whether through traditional methods: utilizing hammers, anvils, fire, and the like, or unorthodox methods. As long as they are taking raw materials (in particular iron or steel) and making weapons through some sort of forging process they are a blacksmith. This naturally includes swordsmiths and gunsmiths.
This is often one of the most misused tags with people attempting to tag any character that even vaguely enjoys fighting, it is slightly more specific than people may imagine. To help figure out when to use bloodthirsty and when not to here are a few things to look for:
Board Game Players:
This tag is for those people for whom the playing of board games is a large part of their character. The playing of the game in question should have an important role in the plot of the anime/manga, so while Shikamaru from Naruto is frequently seen playing shogi, this is not a hugely important aspect of either his character or the narrative, thus he does NOT qualify for the tag. There are many games that would qualify a character for this tag such as Mahjong, Shogi, Go, Chess etc, and covers the likes of Hikaru from Hikaru no Go, Ayumi from Shion no Oh, and Akagi from Akagi.
The bodyguard tag is for characters who are professional bodyguards. To qualify for the tag, the individual in question must be paid specifically to guard or protect another person. If a specific character is not necessarily referred to having been a hired bodyguard, but is often referred to as such, then they WOULD also qualify for the tag. In the case of butlers who also act as their master’s bodyguards, they WOULD be tagged with both butler and bodyguard if they are actively shown to be protecting their master - such as in combat. A good example of this is the likes of Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji who often fights against Ciel’s enemies to keep his master safe.
This should NOT be used for non-professionals who claim to be a bodyguard, but are actually just stalking their target - think the likes of Sanae in Shinryaku!? Ika Musume during the episode where she becomes Ika-chan’s “Secret service” agent.
The bookworms tag should only be used for characters who are frequently found with their head in a book. If they are almost constantly reading, or their love of books is often referenced to, then they would get the tag. This includes the likes of Nodoka from Mahou Sensei Negima, Tabitha from Zero no Tsukaima and Hiiragi from Hanamaru Youchien, but does NOT cover casual readers or those who only reference self-help books, such as the likes of Kenichi from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi. Likewise, those who spend hours on end reading manga should NOT be given this tag, as they should instead be considered for otaku.
Unsurprisingly, this tag is for those characters who are particularly bossy. To qualify for the tag, the individual in question should frequently attempt to order people around, or control their lives. This tag should NOT simply be used for characters in a position of authority that have to give orders to their subordinates - in those cases the giving of orders is part of their job not their personality. A prime example of a character who often bosses people around is Haruhi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
See Mercenaries/Bounty Hunters/Assassins.
The simplest explanation of how to use this tag is that if the character is a boxer, they get the tag. This counts for characters who are either boxers currently - such as Ippo from Hajime no Ippo - or formerly should it play a reasonable role in the story or in their personal history - see Eiji from Antique Bakery and Takeda from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi.
As one of our more fun tags, this can be one of the more subjective ones out there. In order to qualify for the breathtaking beard tag, the facial fuzz itself should be something that draws the attention. The two main things to bear in mind for this is the following:
The Broken Record tag is for characters that repeat the same thing over and over again – more often than not it involves them standing around yelling the hero’s name while looking somewhat useless. For example, Orihime from Bleach has a nasty habit of being utterly useless (until she decides to heal the enemy then she’s just damn stupid) and she just stands there yelling ‘Kurosaki-kun!’ for half an episode.
Now, for things that DO NOT warrant the Broken Record tag:
Brother Complex/Sister Complex:
The brother and sister complex tags are for individuals who take an exceptionally strong and positive interest in their siblings. For example, while Takanashi from Working!! has issues with his sisters, it is more from his negative reactions towards them, hence he would NOT qualify for the tag. There are two main ways that a character can qualify for this tag:
This tag is for characters who bully others. The individuals in question should actively bully and intimidate others by extorting them for money or beating them up. This tag should NOT used on adult characters but should only be used for children, teenagers, and in rare cases, animals.
This tag CAN be used alongside the delinquent tag.
This tag should be used for MALE characters only, who work as a butler to their master. This covers the more traditional sorts of butlers such as Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji and Hans from Victorian Romance Emma as well as those who look less like the stereotypical idea of a butler, like Agni from Kuroshitsuji and Jeeves from Cromartie High School.
This tag is for characters who wear a cape as a part of their default appearance. This covers the likes of Vamp from Tentai Senshi Sunred and Kaitou Kid from Magic Kaitou. The tag does NOT cover characters who only occasionally wear capes - say for travelling, or as a one-off addition to their outfit - such as Ichigo in Bleach who wears a cape at one point, but only during that oe time.
The catgirl tag essentially does what it says on the tin; it is for girls with various cat-like features. Their body should be mainly humanoid, but can include numerous feline features such as ears, tail, paws etc. Examples of catgirls are: Dejiko from Di Gi Charat, Sanada from UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie and Chaika from Asobi no Iky yo!
As a note, catgirl should NOT be used in conjunction with the animal tag. If the character is an animal they are an actual cat, not a catgirl.
This tag is for use on characters who are particularly charismatic. The individuals in question should have a natural quality that makes them popular and earns them devoted followers. They should have a special magnetic appeal which draws people to them regardless of whether they are a protagonist or antagonist. They need not be particularly bright and bubbly, but as long as the character has a universal charm making them a figure of adoration, then they WOULD get the tag. A good example of a charismatic character is Light from Death Note who despite being an antagonist and not hugely bubbly, is incredibly popular and garners the adoration and respect of everyone around him. The tag also extends to the likes of Luffy from One Piece who has an appeal that makes others trust and believe in him.
This tag CAN be used alongside the school idol tag.
This tag is fairly self explanatory and should be used on child prodigies. The character in question should be exceptionally smart for their age. This does not mean that the individual should merely be at the top of their school class as they may simply be intelligent, however, if a character has skipped a significant number of grades then they WOULD get the tag. This includes the likes of Chiyo from Azumanga Daioh who skipped middle school to jump right to high school, or Becky from Pani Poni Dash who despite being elementary school age is already a college graduate and teacher. Alternatively, if a child is a genius in one specific area, then they also WOULD get the tag, likewise characters that excel in more adult areas, such as hacking, and demonstrate the same skill level of an adult WOULD also get the tag.
The only other stipulation to this is that the character in question should be a child. This means that they should already be tagged as a child, in other words they are 12 or younger. If they are teenagers then they do NOT get the tag. In the unlikely even that a character displays genius-like qualities and is tagged as a baby then they WOULD get the tag as their extreme youth makes them worthy of note.
To be noted: Conan from Detective Conan does NOT qualify for the child genius tag, because while he is in the body of a child, his mind is that of his teenage counterpart.
Any characters from the age of 3 to 12 get the child tag. Any younger characters come under the babies category and any a little older would be teenagers.
A choker is a close-fitting necklace, worn high on the neck. If the character in question wears a choker in their default appearance, like Margery Daw from Shakugan no Shana, they WOULD receive the tag. Please note that the accessory must be tight fitting, no slack should be shown, to the point of almost seeming tatooed on. Dogs with collars do NOT qualify for this tag.
This tag is for characters who hold the position of Class Representative or Class President at school. This tag should NOT be used for characters who only take on this position halfway through the series as that could likely be a spoiler. If a specific character not only holds the position of Class Representative, but is also a member of the Student Council then they would receive both tags.
To qualify for the closed eyes tag the character in question must generally have closed eyes for the vast majority of the time, such as Gin from Bleach. I say vast majority because a lot of the time characters with closed eyes will occasionally open their eyes when they’re really angry or are revealing a different side to themselves, so while they aren’t closed 100% of the time, they still qualify.
This tag should be used for characters that are clowns. This includes the likes of actual clowns such as Clown from Super-Kuma-san as well as character that may not work as clowns but are designed to be clowns, such as Buggy from One Piece. If the character is designed to be a clown they should have the appearance of one, or have circus-like abilities - for example Dr. Indigo from One Piece: Strong World has a clown-like appearance and a juggling-based battle ability. The tag also extends to minstrel and jester but does NOT include the likes of mime artists.
This tag is for characters who are particularly clumsy. If they often drop things and have accidents, and it is a large part of their personality or others constantly joke about it then they would get the tag. A pretty good indication of whether or not a character would get this tag is if they are regularly apologising for something that they’ve just done. This tag covers the likes of Miranda from D.Gray-Man, Milfeuille from Galaxy Angel and Miyuki from Lucky Star.
Comic Relief characters should be those whose entire presence is essentially to provide humour. Often they will be the butt of everyone’s jokes, the one that everyone picks on for a laugh and their role outside of comedy content would probably be either very limited or non-existent. It’s unlikely that any ‘Main’ characters would get this tag, as they often serve more purpose than just being “the funny one” – but that isn’t to say it’s impossible, likewise no characters from a full-on comedy series should get this tag, since it’s expected that people are supposed to be funny. Having a comic relief character in a comedy series shows an epic fail on the part of the anime.
The best example of a comic relief character is Kon from Bleach. He is ridiculed a hell of a lot – firstly by being in plush lion form, and then by often being beaten up, trodden on or forced to wear frilly pink clothes by Ichigo’s sister. Outside of this his role is that of a glorified babysitter for Ichigo’s body; he doesn’t fight or really play much part at all. Basically unless Tite Kubo decides to suddenly make him the messiah that will save everyone from total destruction (at which point give up on Bleach on the basis of it’s creator having lost his freaking mind) then Kon really is the ideal candidate for the comic relief tag.
This tag is for characters who are active computer programmers. This would mainly refer to professionals who work as programmers. However, this could also extend to characters who are amateur programmers as long as it is a large or important part of their personality. This means that it would be one of their biggest hobbies, or they would be shown coding on a regular basis. This tag should NOT be confused with the hacker tag, however it is possible that a single character could have both tags if they happen to be a programmer who also hacks.
Anyone who is an actual chef in a professional capacity (be they brilliant or absolutely abysmal) – such as Sanji from One Piece or Bardroy from Kuroshitsuji respectively – WOULD get the tag. Note: bakers also fit into the cooks category. Likewise any character who spends a lot of time cooking, or it is a well-known part of their character, such as Haruka from Minami-ke, WOULD also get the tag. However, if someone only cooks a little during the anime, whether they’re good or bad, they do NOT get the tag. For example, though she attempts it once or twice, Anzu from Hanamaru Youchien wouldn’t qualify.
This tag is for characters who are cosplayers. As for what constitutes a cosplayer we tag based on a strict definition. A cosplayer is someone who dresses up as a specific character as part of a hobby.
The cowardly tag is for characters who are known wimps. If they’re more likely to run from a fight than participate, get scared witless by the smallest of things or can frequently be found hiding behind large objects or other people in order to escape some form of danger then they should get this tag. This covers the likes of Usopp from One Piece and his variety of “I-can’t-go-on-that-island” diseases, Becky from Pani Poni Dash who frequently hides behind the curtain when her students scare her, and Italy from Hetalia: Axis Powers who doesn’t fight and simply waves his white flag in surrender. Basically, if they’re more likely to pee their pants than throw a good punch, they should probably get the tag.
This tag is for characters whose appearance does not match their gender. This could be a female dressing as a male - such as Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club - or a male masquerading as a woman - like Aoi from Kaichou wa Maid-sama. The tag includes the likes of the overtly outrageous okama, like Hana from Tokyo Godfathers or Ivankov from One Piece - so realism isn’t always a pre-requisite. Likewise the character in question does not need to crossdress the entire time, so characters such as Makoto (a.k.a. mako-chan) from Minami-ke and Yozak from Kyou Kara Maou, who only crossdress some of the time, also qualify for the tag.
Please also be aware that if a character’s true gender is a spoiler, then the crossdresser tag should NOT be applied, and the gender should be left blank.
The Crown tag should be used for any character who wears a crown atop their head. This will most likely include, but is not limited to, those who are of royal blood. If the majestic accessory in question is heavily ornamented and/or is made of precious metals, then it is likely a crown; however, if a monarch is wearing a more mundane headpiece such as a baseball cap, the character would NOT get the crown tag. Types of crowns include tiaras, laurel wreathes, and most Imperial head wear.
If it is not clear whether the head covering is a crown or hat, the Hat tag should be used instead. However this tag should NOT be double tagged with the Hat tag.
If a character wears a crown of flowers/thorns/etc as their main design, they WOULD also get the tag.
This tag is for those characters who seem to cry incessantly at any given situation - a prime example of this is “Human Faucet”, Lag Seeing from Letter Bee. This boy cries at EVERYTHING and is basically his default reaction to anything vaguely happy, sad or anger-inducing. However, not all crybabies need to be quite this excessive in their tears. Other uses of the crybaby tag range from the likes of just being overly emotional - such as Chizu from Kimi ni Todoke, to the whinging of Usagi from Sailor Moon, and Hina Ichigo from Rozen Maiden, who - like a spoiled child - will cry when something doesn’t go her way. Basically, if they shed excessive tears, then they get the tag.
This tag is only for characters who dance frequently. The dancing should be a fairly large part of their character and it doesn’t matter what style of dance they do, whether ballet or break-dancing. While this covers the likes of T.K. from Angel Beats who dances in every scene, the dancer tag should NOT be tagged alongside idol. Though idols do dance as part of their act, this is all covered in the idol tag.
The deadly chef tag is for characters who cannot cook to save their lives, and manage to whip up some truly disgusting and deadly concoctions in the kitchen. The main qualification for this tag is that their food should taste AWFUL and provoke extreme reactions from their... uhh... “victims”. There are a few things to look out for that would indicate whether someone would qualify for the tag or not:
This tag covers all manner of Gods, Goddesses and Deities. if a character is referred to as any of the above, or as “Kami” (Japanese for God), then they qualify for the tag. This includes the more traditional idea of an all-ruling god such as Kami-sama from Law of Ueki, or a beautiful goddess - like Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess - as well as the likes of Kawa no Kami from Spirited Away and the various animal Gods from Princess Mononoke (see Moro).
It should also be noted, that is IS possible to tag a character with deity AND youkai since some youkai can be revered as Gods (such as Sugino from Tactics)
This tag should be used for all characters who are juvenile delinquents. If they tend to skip class, often get into fights, threaten their teachers or hang around with a known delinquent gang then they get the tag. The cast of Cromartie High School is a prime example of those who qualify for the tag, as are the various member of the Ragnarok gang in History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi. Likewise, the tag also extends to the likes of Harima from School Rumble who, while a known delinquent is attempting to mend his ways. It is likely that the majority of characters who get the delinquent tag will be teenagers, however there are some occasional exceptions, such as the likes of Freddie from Cromartie High School.
As the title suggests, this tag is for characters that are demons. In general, this tag is pretty straightforward: if a character is referred to as a demon, akuma (Japanese for demon), or oni (Japanese ogre) within the series then they WOULD qualify for the tag.
The only time that this tag can get tricky is in relation to the youkai tag. There may be a lot of youkai who are referenced as demons within the anime, for example, the Karasu Tengu is often referred to as a crow demon, so while called a demon in the series they would NOT get the tag because they are youkai. For further information please see the guidelines for the youkai tag.
This tag should NOT be used alongside the youkai, monster or vampire tags.
The detectives tag is for those for whom solving mysteries is a large part of their character. Here is how the tag would be applied to the following types of detectives:
This is not one of the tags which gets used all that often, but is very simple to implement. If the character in question is a dinosaur - be they herbivore or carnivore - they get the tag. Please note that while this covers the likes of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops or Brontosaurus, it does NOT extend to prehistoric creatures such as the woolly mammoth, who would be tagged with animal or the likes of Godzilla that would instead get the monster tag. Likewise, dinosaur-esque Pokemon or Digimon do NOT get the tag, as - aside from the fact that they aren’t dinosaur-sized, their very nature of being Pokemon (Pocket Monsters) and Digimon (Digital Monsters) dictates that they should get the monster tag instead.
The doctors tag is relatively simple and should be used in the following ways:
The doll tag should be used for characters that are, yep, you guessed it, dolls. This not only covers traditional style dolls such as Shinku from Rozen Maiden but also extends to the likes of teddy bears or plushies such as Kuma-san from Super Kuma-san. This tag should NOT be used alongside the inanimate object tag.
Simple tag to apply, if the character is a dragon, they get the tag. They can be traditional western-style dragons such as Igneel from Fairy Tail or eastern-style dragons like Shenlong from Dragonball.
This tag should be used in conjunction with wings and horns. Not all dragons have wings or horns, but if they do they should also be tagged with these.
If the character in question is 65 or over then they qualify for the elderly tag. Younger than that and they simply get the adult tag.
Elementary School Students:
If a character attends Elementary School they get this tag. This tag will also work in tandem with the child tag, since if they are elementary school age then they are likely to be 12 or below.
The elf tag is to be used for characters that are elves and to qualify for the tag they should be referred to as such in the series. While big pointy ears could be an indication of an elf, they are not necessary to get the tag as there can be elves, such as Ermin from Tears to Tiara, who have regular ears.
This is another of the tags that isn’t easy to actually quantify and frequently there are requests that get denied for “not being epic enough”. So in a bid to try and help out, I’ll try to explain what constitutes and Epic Eyebrow. There are two main criteria that allow for this tag and they are size and shape.
The eternal optimist tag is for those characters who always have a sunny disposition, alwys try to see the good in people, and always manage to look on the bright side of life. They’re probably the sort of annoying buggers that would come bounding into your room at 6am on a Monday morning when you have a hangover proclaiming that it’s a gorgeous day. They rarely let tough situations drag them into despair and mostly manage to cling onto some kind of hope (albeit a possibly deluded hope) in their darkest moments. Here are a few examples of characters that WOULD get the tag to give a bit of a guide:
The exorcist tag should be used for characters whose profession it is to exorcise ghosts, evil spirits, demons etc. If they call themselves exorcists and they actually do try to rid the world of unwanted ghosts and ghoulies, then they get the tag. This includes a large proportion of the D.Gray-Man cast as well as the likes of Chitose from Amaenaideyo and Akari from Nyan Koi. It should also be noted that to qualify for the tag, the characters in question should do the exorcising themselves, if they summon other beings to dispose of the unwanted presence then they would NOT get the tag.
If a character wears an eye patch as part of their regular attire then they get the tag. This includes traditional eye patches such as the one that Ciel from Kuroshitsuji has, as well as medical eye patches like the one that Shimei from Ikkitousen wears. However, if a character only wears an eye patch temporarily, they do NOT get the tag.
Pretty straightforward tag, if a character has any kind of hair on their face (excluding eyebrows obviously) then they get the tag. This tag covers beards, mustaches, goatees, and even stubble.
Another fairly simple tag; if a character is a fairy then they qualify for this tag. They may well have wings, in which case they should also be tagged with that. However, this is not a necessity for the tag as characters such as Chiriri from Bottle Fairy do not have wings but still count. Likewise, while many fairies may be small, that may not always be the case and some human-sized characters may also count.
To qualify for this tag, the characters must fit into one of two categories. They can own and manage, or assist in the operation of a farm such as Gordon Rosewater from The Big O. Alternatively, they can simply grow food like Seiji Kannazuki from Towa no Quon. However, the character in question must be doing actual farming to get the tag. If they simply own a farm, but don’t manage it, they would NOT qualify for the tag.
Femme fatales are exclusive to female characters and fit the role of the “dangerous and sexy woman”. They tend to use their feminine charm to obtain their objective and are usually very untrustworthy, leaving those whom are associated with them constantly suspicious or on edge. This tag should apply to all female characters who use their sex appeal to put their targets off guard, often allowing them to achieve their hidden agendas. The prime example of this archetype is Fujiko Mine of Lupin III who fools friends and foes alike to obtain priceless goods.
The flamboyant tag is for characters that are excessively camp in their demeanour. They are generally the sorts that are very bouncy and over-the-top, such as Bon Kurei from One Piece with his ballet swan themed outfit, or Garfiel’s effeminate persona in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. While this tag does often contain many crossdressing characters, all crossdressers should NOT be arbitrarily tagged with flamboyant, as there are many cases where a crossdressing character acts in a perfectly regular way.
This tag is generally only for male characters, however if there is a particularly outlandish female character, then the tag could be added - though this will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
As the title states, this tag is to be given to those characters who are particularly flirtatious in nature. Gender is not an issue, as this tag covers the likes of Ladies’ men such as Lupin the 3rd, and Gojyo from Saiyuki, as well as women who flirt either for fun (see Matsumoto from Bleach) or in order to get what they want - like Fujiko from the Lupin III franchise.
The Foreigner tag refers to characters who were born in and/or raised in a separate nation than the majority of his/her fellow cast members. This tag can be used on characters who are not from Japan and reside in the East Asian island nation, like Simon from Durarara!!, or characters of Japanese birth that are abroad, such as Kazuya Kujou from Gosick. Whether or not the country the character resides in or is from is imaginary, if the rest of the cast is ethnically different from the character in question, then the tag is applied.
This tag is very easy to implement, and is for characters who have freckles. If the individual in question has freckles as part of their default appearance, and not as part of a costume or disguise then they WOULD qualify for the tag. A good example of a character with freckles is Ace from One Piece.
The frequently-naked tag is to be used on those characters who regularly find themselves in a state of undress, whether by their own doing or not. This includes the likes of Keena from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou who is often completely buck-naked whenever she uses her invisibility magic, as well as those such as Gray from Fairy Tail who frequently strips down to his undies for no apparent reason. Basically if they like getting their kit off, they qualify for the tag.
This tag should not be confused with the scantily-clad tag which is to be used for characters whose regular apparel consists of very little clothing and a lot of bare flesh.
The Fujoshi tag is to be used exclusively on female characters who are infatuated with the thought of men being in romantic homosexual relationships. They particularly enjoy novels, manga, anime, and videogames with themes centered around the yaoi genre, and "boys love" in general.
Characters who are fujoshi are often shown expressing their passion for “boys love” by imagining their male castmates in forbidden romances or showing physical reactions to such ideas with the typical "perverted nosebleed". Good examples of these characters are Erika from Durarara!! and Mio from Nichijou.
The gambler tag should be used for characters who gamble. This includes traditional forms of gambling such as at casinos, pachinko parlours, horse racing and mahjong tables, but does NOT cover pool or one off wagers of non-monetary offerings (such as a life, soul, cursed vase, whatever) in a non-traditional betting game.
To qualify for the tag the character should either be a professional gambler, like Tetsuya from Legendary Gambler Tetsuya, or gambling should be somewhat important to their character. By this I mean that the individual should either spend a fair amount of time in gambling establishments - such as Sunred from Tentai Senshi Sunred who spends a lot of time in the pachinko parlours - or their gambling should be part of a running joke - this includes the likes of Tsunade from Naruto whose neverending losing streak gave her the nickname of “The Legendary Sucker”.
Another nice simple tag; if a character is a part of an organised crime outfit then they get the gangster tag. It doesn’t matter if they’re mafia or yakuza, if they operate outside of the law as part of a crime syndicate, they qualify for the tag. Good examples of characters that get this tag are Firo from Baccano! and Alcapone from Soul Eater.
The tags regarding sexual preference can sometimes be a bit more difficult to tag, since many anime blur the lines with sexuality. There are several things to look out for as a general rule:
The Genetically Engineered tag applies to characters whose DNA was altered in such a way as to direct physical development. This alteration can occur either at the fetal stage, or at any age thereafter such that the subject’s genetic structure is fundamentally changed. Cloning is a form of genetic engineering, and therefore all clones should receive the tag. This tag should not be used if the alternation or cloning is a spoiler in any way.
The ghosts tag should be used on characters who despite having shuffled off the mortal coil still refuse to cross over, and instead hang around for a bit longer. The visual appearance of these characters or their activities make no difference to whether or not they get the tag; they could look like regular humans and appear so to ordinary people - such as the likes of Arashi from Natsu no Arashi - or they may have a much more traditional Casper-esque visage - like the Ghastly Garçon from Kaidan Restaurant.
It also goes without saying that should it be a spoiler the tag should NOT be applied. For example if someone happens to die half way through a series and then comes back as a ghost, tagging this character would ruin the plot, as would tagging someone who’s nature as a ghost is not known until late in the series. If a character’s existence as a ghost comes as a big reveal or plot twist, they do NOT get tagged with it.
If a character wears glasses for the majority/all of the time then they get the tag. If however they only wear glasses very occasionally then they wouldn’t qualify. Also this tag only covers characters with regular, clear glasses; for characters with coloured/black glasses they get the sunglasses tag.
This tag is fairly simple to implement and is for characters who believe themselves to be Gods. A pretty good indication of whether a character should get the tag or not is if they exclaim something like “I am a God!”. This covers the likes of Enel from One Piece. The tag also extends to individuals who see themselves as Kings when they are not, or believe themselves to be (or destined to be) supreme rulers, such as characters like Oudo from Medaka Box.
This tag CAN be used alongside the big ego tag.
The goggles tag is for characters who wear goggles as part of their primary appearance; if they only wear goggles on rare occasion, then they do not warrant the tag. Whether the character wears the goggles on their face or simply has them on their head - like Cid from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - or around their neck - see Bardroy from Kuroshitsuji - doesn’t matter, if it is a part of their outfit, they get the tag.
This tag should not be confused with the glasses tag, and the two should NOT be used together. The only exception for this is in the case of alter-egos where the character may wear glasses in one incarnation and goggles in the other, such as the likes of Dr. Marronflower/Kurisaburo Kurinohana from Dokkoida?!
To qualify for this tag, the character in question should dress in the Gothic Lolita fashion style. Good examples of this are Cossette from Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, and Marika from Mari & Gali. Also it should be taken into account that to get this tag, the character’s clothes must be dark in colour or else it is NOT Gothic Lolita. So while the likes of Sugintou from Rozen Maiden with her dark purple dress gets the tag, Hina Ichigo from the same series does not, as her clothing is light pink and would fall more into the Sweet Lolita style. Essentially, the clothes need to be in the Lolita style - often including lots of lace and frills - and must be dark to satisfy the gothic aspect of this tag.
As a note, while certain maid outfits may be similar to Gothic Lolita fashion, maids should NOT be tagged with this as they are wearing maid outfits, which is different.
Gunslinger is one of the more specific combat-based tags we have the database, and it works in a similar way to sword fighter. When considering adding this tag to a character, the following should be taken into account:
It should also be noted that the TYPE of gun is not hugely relevant. It doesn’t matter whether the character uses a pistol, revolver, rifle, machine gun, or whatever; if it fires projectiles, the weapon in question qualifies.
Another self-explanatory tag; this should be used for characters that are hackers. The characters in question should be exceptionally good with computers, and are seen using their abilities to hack into secure sites or systems. This includes the likes of Shirase from Battle Programmer Shirase and Takeyama from Angel Beats.
The hair antenna tag is for characters who have that one little strand that just won’t play ball with the rest of the hair and sticks out like... well, an antenna. The most common type of hair antenna is the one or two strands that poke out from the top of the head such as those on Haré from Haré & Guu, and Himeko from Pani Poni Dash. However the tag also covers the likes of Italy from Hetalia: Axis Powers whose antenna emerges from the side of his head and also forms a spiral, as well as the likes of Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist who is bald bar the one little wispy antenna at the front.
The Half-Breed tag refers to characters who are offspring of two separate classifications of beings. Whether half-vampire, half-human, half-animal, or half-demon, any mixed species character is eligible for the tag; however, mixed race individuals, such as the half-American and half-Japanese pilot Yuuya Bridges, are not eligible for the tag, as a more substantial divide than simple ethnic differences between the two halves of a character’s background is required. Being any percentage more or less than 50% of two given species, or types of beings, disqualifies the character for the tag.
It should be noted that the Half-Breed tag SHOULD be used in conjunction with the individual species tags as well. For example D from Vampire Hunter D receives both the Half-Breed and Vampire tags.
The main pre-requisite for a character getting the hat tag is that they wear some kind of headgear for the majority of the time. If it is a part of their default appearance, then the person in question DOES get the tag. Aside from that it all comes down to what is and isn’t covered under the hat tag, which I will now outline below:
The headband tag covers a multitude of different types of headgear that does not fit into either the hat or bandana categories. It should only be used for characters who wear headbands as part of their standard appearance. The following qualify for the headbands tag:
The Headphones tag refers to characters that wear headphones as their default appearance. These listening devices should have speakers for both ears, as regular headsets are not covered under the tag. The character may wear the headphones on their head, like Noise Marie from D.Gray-man, or around their neck such as Yoh Asakura from Shaman King, to qualify for the tag. The headphones may or may not have a microphone. This tag should NOT be tagged in conjunction with Headband or Team Coach.
This tag is for characters who frequently drink a large quantity of alcohol. So, if they are regularly seen with some booze in their hand, or can often be seen stumbling around drunk/passing out, then they qualify for the tag. They don’t need to be alcoholics to get the tag, but if they like a hefty amount of sake or beer, then the tag is theirs. Good examples of heavy drinkers are Kogorou from Detective Conan, General Cross from D.Gray-Man and Kyoraku from Bleach.
The Helmet tag is for characters who constantly wear any kind of hard, protective headgear, including knight helmets, viking helmets, motorcycle helmets, and hardhats. If the helmet has a faceplate, like most knightly headgear, then the character would still get the helmet tag, but not the mask tag. Whether the character is wearing a helmet or not will more than likely be contextual, as warriors, military members, construction workers, or beast tamers are more likely to wear something that protects their head, as opposed to simply something aesthetically pleasing.
If it is not clear whether the head covering is a helmet or hat, the Hat tag should be used instead. However the two tags should NOT be used together.
This tag should be applied to characters who have eyes of different colours. This should only apply to those with different coloured eyes in their normal state. Any “special” eyes that activate - such as Lelouch from Code Geass - don’t count, likewise any spoilerific eyes (I’m glancing in the direction of a few Naruto characters here) DO NOT get the tag.
High School Students:
If a character attends high school, they get this tag, simple as. Also, if a person is in high school then they should also be tagged with teenager. Note: This does not include the possibility of child prodigies.
The hikikomori tag is for characters who are shut-ins. If the individuals in question are perfectly happy to leave the house and go outside then they do NOT get the tag. There are however certain things that should be taken into consideration when using this tag:
This tag is for the use on characters who are a portrayal of an actual historical figure. It doesn’t matter if the person in question is from Japanese history, such as the likes of Goemon Ishikawa or from European history, such as Queen Victoria. Fictional characters such as the likes of Hikaru Genji, while someone from literary history, would NOT qualify for the historical figure tag.
In a fight, this character puts fairness in high regards, often aiding their enemies or putting themselves at a disadvantage to ensure that they do not have a cowardly edge. This character often respects their opponents if they display some degree of honor themselves. A good example of an honorable fighter is Saber from Fate/stay Night, who holds her honor above her life. However, the character in question must be one who does not fight just for the sake of fighting, which excludes the like of Kenpachi from Bleach.
This tag is for any character that has horns. This not only covers standard demon horns, or animal horns, but it also extends to antlers, so characters such as Chopper from One Piece qualify.
The hot-headed tag is for characters who have a very quick temper; they will generally fly off the handle and get angry and annoyed over the tiniest of details. This includes the likes of characters such as Ed from Fullmetal Alchemist, Natsu from Fairy Tail and Miki from Muteki Kanban Musume.
The hot-headed tag does NOT cover characters who simply get slightly irritated, since to qualify for the tag they must have big, passionate, or even extreme reactions to situations rather than just displaying mild annoyance. This means that characters such as Elliot Nightray from Pandora Hearts do NOT qualify for the tag.
We’ve heard the ‘Boings’ and seen them bounce and wobble all over the screen, now those characters with breasts that are rather on the humongous side have their own tag. If a character has particularly massive mammaries, then they qualify. However, characters who simply have ample or large bosoms, do NOT get the tag, the breasts in question must be REALLY big - such as Fujiko from Lupin III - right through to the just plain excessive like those of Melpha from Queen’s Blade. If they look like they’ll give the poor woman in question chronic back problems, then they qualify for the huge breasts tag.
The only exception to this rule are characters who have reasonably sized breasts, but their size is a large part of the comedic content. This includes the likes of Lucy from Fairy Tail who, while her chest isn’t excessively huge, is often the subject of various comments and jokes about their larger than normal nature.
This tag is for the very specific character type that is often seen in anime: the popular idol. To qualify for the tag, the character in question must meet the following criteria:
This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with either the dancer or the model tag since this is all covered under the umbrella of idol.
The inanimate objects tag is for those characters who aren’t human, animal, or food, but are instead simply objects that would generally show no signs of life in the real world. This tag covers all range of objects from the likes of talking motorcycle, Hermes, from Kino’s Journey to things that have the appearance of a living creature such as hand-puppets, or even anatomical models like Hiroshi from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.
The inventors tag is for characters who create their own inventions. This includes the likes of the more traditional Agasa from Detective Conan who has made a selection of useful creations for the elementary school detective to use. However, the tag also extends to the likes of Urahara from Bleach, who has made various developments for Soul Society. Basically, if a character is known for his inventions/creations then they WOULD get the tag.
This tag should be used for characters who speak with an accent from the Kansai region of Japan, which includes Kyoto and Osaka. It should only be used when certain that the character in question is speaking with a Kansai accent - such as Heiji Hattori from Detective Conan - or if it is blatantly called out in the anime by another person, as is the case of the aptly nicknamed Osaka from Azumanga Daioh.
In odd cases there may be times when a character only occasionally speaks in a Kansai dialect - such as Naha Midori from Telepathy Shoujo Ran. While she occasionally slips into her Kansai accent, she spends the majority of her time speaking in a standard Tokyo dialect and therefore does NOT get the tag.
For characters who commonly use knives as a weapon or are proficient in knife fighting. Includes the use of all blades with the length of approximately 12” or shorter -- though there are some uncommon swords that are a bit shorter, so be wary of this fact. The use of daggers, kitchen knives, cleavers, butterfly knives, throwing knives, pocket knives, swiss army knives, and switchblades would count, though there are other odd examples that would need to be determined on a case-by-case basis (such as the bayonets used by Alexander Anderson of Hellsing who would NOT get the tag).
Typically, the role of a knife fighter is to fight in close combat as the weapon is short in length. That is the quickest way to differentiate between knife and sword fighters. Other strange cases are those who use throwing knives-- or throw other types of knives-- in this case they DO get the tag, but they MUST be used in combat. One example of this is Sebastian of Kuroshitsuji who tends to throw cutlery in battle.
This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with Ninja and their kunai.
This tag should be used for characters who are knights. In order to qualify the individual in question should have been knighted and should serve under royalty. A good example of a character who qualifies for this tag is D’Eon de Beaumont from Le Chevalier D’Eon. This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with the warrior tag.
The lancer tag extends to characters who wield, as their default weapon, some manner of pole weapon. These “Lances” are either jousting lances, such as the weapon possessed by Gan Fall, bisento, such as the weapon possessed by Whitebeard, or all other types of lances and spears including tridents and your regulation pole-arms. These are usually lunged or thrown at their opponent in order to deal damage, though as long as they are using the sheer length of the lance’s stock to attack, that’s enough to qualify.
Rods, which are non-pointed sticks, nor axes qualify for the tag.
This tag is fairly self-explanatory and should be used for characters that hold the position of landlord or landlady. If the character in question either outright owns property that they rent to others, or simply manages the property then they WOULD qualify for the tag - especially if they happen to only go by the name of landlady/landlord, such as The Landlady from Hidamari Sketch. It should also be noted that it doesn’t matter if the property in question is residential or business, the one in charge of maintaining the building and/or collecting rent should be given the tag.
Fairly self-explanatory, this tag is for characters who are lazy. They are the types that regularly refer to tasks or jobs as troublesome. This includes the likes of Sloth from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Shikamaru from Naruto who while they do complete their jobs see it as a pain in the butt to do. This tag should NOT be used if a character says something is troublesome or too much of a pain just once, it should be a recurring theme in their attitude towards doing anything. They may also be the types of characters who simply goof off whenever they can or delegate to others so they don’t have to trouble themselves, or even flat out refuse to get up off their lazy butts and complete their job.
This tag should NOT be confused with the sleepyhead tag as while the two CAN be used together not all sleepyheads are lazy, and not all lazy characters are sleepyheads.
This tag is for characters who for whatever reason have lost their memories. To qualify for the tag, this loss of memory should be important to their character, either explaining their behaviour, like in the case of Chii from Chobits, or if their quest to regain their memories is a part of their motivation throughout the series - such as Haruka from Tactics. It is also important to bear in mind that the memory loss should NOT be a spoiler in any way; therefore if it happens mid-way through a series or is not known about until part-way in, then the character in question should NOT be tagged with this.
This is a fairly specific tag that is only to be used for magical girls. To qualify for being a magical girl, the character in question must have ALL of the following qualities:
The magical girl is a very specific type of character and this tag should NOT simply be used for people that are female and can use magic. This tag should also NOT be used alongside the magic user tag, as by nature of being a magical girl, it is implied that she can use magic.
Magic user is a kind of cover all tag for characters who wield magical powers. The main stipulation for this tag is that the powers in question should be referred to as MAGIC. Here are some points to take in mind when using this tag:
The third of the trio of outlandish facial hair, magnificent mustaches should be given to those characters who have some pretty spectacular fuzz growing on their upper lip. As with Epic Eyebrows and Breathtaking Beards, the main things to keep in mind when applying this tag are size and shape. Here is some more detail as to what would qualify:
This tag works in conjunction with the Facial Hair tag. In other words, if a character has a magnificent mustache then they must have facial hair, thus they should get the tag. Though implied through the tag, this is one of the occasions where we use both together - as opposed to other times when we use one or the other (such as the Samurai/Sword Fighter situation)
The maids tag is for characters who work as maids. This covers the more traditional type of maid who wears the standard sort of maid outfit, such as the likes of Emma from Victorian Romance Emma and Fubuki from Kamen no Maid Guy, as well as extending to those who work in maid cafes like Misaki and the others from Kaichou wa Maid-sama. While they may not technically work for someone as their attendant and clean, they do dress up as maids and take on that role for their customers, so they DO qualify for the tag.
Also, this tag should generally ONLY be used for female characters. Male servants would get the butlers tag instead. The only exceptions to this rule are the likes of Liquid from Papuwa and Kogarashi from Kamen no Maid Guy who are constantly referred to as maids, and - in the case of the latter - actually dress in maid costume.
The Mangaka tag pertains to characters who, whether as a hobby or occupation, write and/or draw manga, such as Mashiro from Bakuman. While characters may simply be absorbed in this task when they have time to spare, they must be frequently absorbed in their work to qualify for the tag. Simply writing or drawing a manga or doujinshi for an episode or as a gag does not meet the threshold of this tag. Characters who write fan-made manga such as doujinshi WOULD get the tag as well.
If it’s specified which role the mangaka is responsible for, then this tag SHOULD be used in conjunction with Writer or Artist. In cases where the role isn’t clear, the mangaka tag can be used by itself.
This tag is for characters who frequently manipulate others into doing what they want or acting as they wish. There are various ways in which a character can manipulate others and the following DO all qualify for the tag:
The marital artist tag should be applied to anyone who practices any of the martial arts. This includes the likes of Karate, Kenpo, Muay Thai, Ju-jitsu, Judo, Kendo, Kung-fu etc. as well as modified forms of the martial arts. So while the likes of Apachai, Sakaki and Kouetsuji from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi qualify for the tag, so do the likes of Bon Kurei from One Piece with his “Okama Kenpo”.
This tag is for characters that are like typical Japanese superheroes, specifically heroes like the Power Rangers. It is a tag for this specific type of hero and should NOT simply be used on any hero who happens to wear a mask, like Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. To qualify for the Masked Hero tag, the character should have both of the following qualities:
The only exception to the above is the likes of the masked heroes in Tentai Senshi Sunred. The three in question DO get the tag because while they don’t have the spandex suit, they still have the masks and are still classed as heroes and fight monsters. This is a case of the masked ranger being parodied, but they still qualify.
Another good indicator of whether the character in question would get the tag is if they fight (or used to fight) as part of a team of masked ranger type heroes. Finally, the individual should obviously be a hero as opposed to a villain. No antagonists allowed.
This tag SHOULD be used alongside the masks tag.
This tag is for characters who wear masks on their faces for the majority of their time on screen. There are a lot of different masks that qualify for the tag and their size or shape doesn’t matter. Whether full face masks - such as that of Hei from Darker Than Black - eye masks (see Meister Kirisaki from Yakitate! Japan), masks that cover the lower half of the face (like Kakashi and Kakuzu from Naruto), if it is designed to cover a portion of the face, then the mask in question qualifies for the tag. It should also be noted that this tag extends to the likes of sleep and medical masks - such as those of Aokiji and Kumashi from One Piece respectively - though as with the others, these must be worn as part of the character’s default appearance.
This is a fairly straightforward tag that is to be applied to any characters who are mechanics. It should be given to anyone that is referred to as a mechanic, whether they specialise in fixing up cars, bikes, planes, warships, mecha suits, or even spaceships. It also extends to the likes of Automail mechanics from Fullmetal Alchemist like Winry.
While these three tags are distinctly different, there could be some confusion between them, so hopefully these guidelines will help distinguish them from each other:
This tag should be used for characters who sell products and groceries. Here is a breakdown of what does and does not qualify for the tag:
The mermaid tag should be used for characters who are mermaids, which means they must be female characters whose lower body is that of a fish while the top half is human. This covers the likes of Aquarius from Fairy Tail and Evangeline from Pet Shop of Horrors. This tag does NOT extend to the likes of the fishmen from One Piece as not only are they males, but they are also have more piscine features than human.
Middle School Students:
If a student attends middle school/junior high, then they get this tag. This tag works in tandem with the teenager tag, since if students attend middle school they are at least thirteen years old and will fall into the teenage category. Note: This does not include the possibility of child prodigies.
The military tag is very simple to use; if a character is a part of any kind of military organisation then they get the tag. This tag covers the following:
This tag should be used for those characters who like to have a bit of fun and stir things up, in other words those that get up to mischief. It is a fairly catch-all term as it covers the likes of pure childlike mischief such as that of Chi from Chi’s Sweet Home and the more troublesome antics of those who like to scheme in order to get their way, such as Eiko from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou. Basically, if a character regularly gets up to mischief they qualify for the tag, though their antics should NOT be wholly malevolent. If they aim to cause real trouble then they are simply an asshole, and we do not have a tag for that.
This tag is for characters who are models such as the likes of Ami from Toradora. If they model professionally then they get the tag. Although some idols model, this tag should NOT be used in conjunction with the idol tag.
The mohawk tag is pretty self-explanitory. If a character has a mohawk for the MAJORITY of the time, then they would qualify for the tag. A good example of a mohawk is Ivan from Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn. It should also be noted that the tag covers spiky mohawks such as that of Tapion from Dragon Ball Z.
The mole tag is for characters that have a small growth protruding from their skin. For the purposes of this tag, moles will only be tagged if usually visible and present. They are, usually, found near the eye, as with Tyki Mikk from D.Gray Man or Maria Ross from Fullmetal Alchemist, or under the mouth, as with Yukio Washimine from Black Lagoon. They should normally be of a black or brown color, and are not to be confused with the South Asian tradition of Bindi.
To qualify for this tag, the character in question should wear a monocle (i.e. a single round eyeglass) for the majority, if not all of the time. Basically, it must be part of their default appearance. This does NOT get used in tandem with either the glasses or sunglasses tag.
The monsters tag is not too difficult to implement when you know what does and doesn’t qualify. In general it is a catch-all term for fantastical creatures however it should NOT be used on characters who are youkai, dinosaurs, aliens, demons, dragons, werewolves or vampires, they would instead get the relevant tags. This tag however DOES cover all other mythical creatures (such as Godzilla) as well as the following:
This is a very specialised tag that should be used on characters such as Ash and Brock from Pokemon. If a character is involved with capturing, training and fighting with various monster-like creatures then they qualify for this tag. This tag does NOT include those who train animals (think Kiba from Naruto), those who work with youkai or ghosts - for example Natsume from Natsume Yuujinchou, he may have reached an agreement with Nyanko but he didn’t tame him, neither is Nyanko a monster - or characters such as Lucy from Fairy Tail who uses Celestial Spirits to fight - these are not monsters, they are spirits, and she doesn’t tame them, she has a contract with them.
The muscular tag is for characters that have particularly largely-built bodies. This tag should only be used for those who have excessive muscles on their bodies; the sort of frame that would make the average bodybuilder in your local gym ogle in sheer awe. Good examples of this are the likes of Hayato Fuurinji from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi, Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist, and Taurus from Fairy Tail. Likewise if a female character has a fairly muscular stature - such as the likes of Miss Monday from One Piece - they WOULD get the tag, even if their muscles are not particularly excessive; this is because muscular women are somewhat out of the norm.
The musician tag is for any character that plays an instrument. It doesn’t matter what the instrument is (piano, guitar, flute, whatever) or whether the character in question is part of a band, playing professionally or as a hobby, or even -in some odd cases - plays an instrument as part of their combat attacks (such as the likes of the Dantists from Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica), if they have the ability to play a musical instrument they get the musician tag. Good examples of characters who get this tag are Austria from Hetalia: Axis Powers, Hoshi from Arakawa Under the Bridge and the main cast of K-On!.
The below list contains specific Musician tags that, if applicable to the character in question, should be used in conjunction with the Musician tag. If they DON'T qualify for the Musician tag though, then they shouldn't get tagged with any of the tags below:
This tag is for characters who cannot or outright refuse to speak. Characters with a physical disability or mental trauma WOULD get the tag, as would those who choose to never speak but instead communicate through alternative methods - this includes the likes of writing on pads of paper, but would NOT include ventriloquism.
This tag SHOULD be used alongside the Disabled tag if the muteness is due to being physically unable to speak.
Re: Character Tag Guidelines
Tag Guidelines - N-Z:
Ninja, Kunoichi, Shinobi, them blokes what’s in that Naruto thing; whatever you call them if the characters practice ninjutsu techniques, use shuriken and kunai, and just basically follow the way of the ninja, then they get the tag.
It is possible to tag ninja characters with other ability based tags, though it should only be done when appropriate. For example, while various ninjutsu techniques may appear magical, ninjas do NOT get the magic user tag unless they practice magic that is OUTSIDE the realms of their shinobi abilities. For example, while Junko from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou comes from a family of ninjas and has their abilities, but she also attends school to learn magic arts, thus she gets both tags. The same method of thinking applies to the likes of martial artist. While ninja have their own version of combat, this doesn’t automatically qualify any shinobi for the martial artist tag. However, there are times when both tags are appropriate, for example: Emonzaemon Souda from Katanagatari also practices a form of kenpo, thus he gets both ninja and martial artist.
The nun tag should be relatively simple to implement. Basically, if you have a traditional Catholic nun, they get the tag. However, this also extends to some other edge cases, such as the characters from Amaenaideyo. Though they’re Buddhist, they are referred to as nuns so they get the tag. Also another extreme edge case is Sister from Arakawa. While he’s a man, he is the nun under the bridge, so he gets the tag.
The orphan tag should be used for characters whose parents are both dead. The tag should only be applied to those characters where it is KNOWN that both biological parents are dead and it is not a spoiler in any way. Also the person’s being an orphan should be a prominent part of their character; if it’s just mentioned in passing and has no bearing on the plot, then it is not enough to warrant the tag. Two ideal examples of characters whose status as orphans greatly impacts their characters are Naruto and Sasuke from Naruto.
In odd situations where a character has been orphaned but is living with relatives, or has been adopted, these characters would still qualify for the tag but ONLY if their lack of biological parents is an important factor of the story.
The otaku tag should be used for characters who are extreme geeks. However, while otaku is simply a term to refer to an obsessive fan, this tag only covers the more common areas of otaku culture, which include the following:
This tag does NOT extend to those that are obsessive over other things. For example there are several characters who are complete gun nuts and have large collections of them, such as Forte from Galaxy Angel, however gun otaku are NOT covered under the tag.
This tag is for characters who use excessively large weapons in battle. It doesn’t matter what the weapon in question is, but if it’s disproportionately large, then they WOULD qualify for the tag. This includes the likes of Mihawk from One Piece whose sword is taller than he is. This tag should NOT be used for characters who are tiny and use regular sized weapons that look huge by comparison.
This tag should be used for characters who are overweight. It should NOT be used on those characters who are simply a little bit chunky, particularly muscular, or just don’t conform to the unrealistically stick thin stereotype, but should be given to those individuals that would be classed as obese if they were real people. Likewise, another thing to take into account is whether the character is actually overweight or has a bizarre body shape by design. This means that the likes of chibi characters would NOT get the tag since they are chibified, not overweight. This also extends to those characters with large bodies as part of a wacky character design. This includes the likes of Dr. Hogback from One Piece who while he has a big balloon-like body, has spindly limbs and a fairly regular face. Since his bodily proportions are out of whack, he would NOT get the tag.
If in doubt of whether to add the tag or not here are a couple of pointers to look out for:
The pacifist tag should be used on characters that are against violence and abhor fighting. Characters that WOULD get the tag are those who will attempt to negotiate through conflict instead of resorting to violence or war. This includes the likes of Relena from Gundam Wing who repeatedly refuses to resort to murder or assassination to attain her goals of peace or to exact revenge.
Part Time Employee:
The part time employee tag is to be used for all those characters that have a part time job. Their place of work doesn’t matter and they can be students or adults, so long as they aren’t freelance, fully contracted workers, or volunteers, then they WOULD get the tag. Types of work that DO qualify for the tag are:
Person in a Strange World:
As the title of this tag states, this should be assigned to characters who find themselves whisked off to a strange world that is not their own. This covers the likes of Chihiro from Spirited Away, Yuuri from Kyou Kara Maou, and Saito from Zero no Tsukaima. This tag should NOT simply be used for any character in a fantastical world, only for those whose home is not within the alternate land or reality in which they find themselves.
This is a relatively simple tag, if a character is a pervert they qualify. This means that the character in question should have a rather open over-fondness for the opposite or - in some cases - same sex. Here are a few things to look out for when considering this tag.
The photographers tag is for characters who take a lot of photographs. This could be because they do it as their profession - such as Jou Kamohara from Mainichi Kaasan - or they may simply be regular people who always have a camera in their hands, like Kobayashi from Hyakko. This tag also covers the likes of Voyeur from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu who incessantly attempts to take perverted photographs of girls.
The piercings tag is relatively simple, but does have a few restrictions. It should NOT be applied to females with a standard single piercing in both ears since this would end up with a HUGE amount of characters for something that isn’t something that particularly stands out. However, the tag WOULD apply in the following circumstances.
This is a particularly simple tag to implement. If a character wears their hair in pigtails, then they DO get the tag. The individual in question should have pigtails as part of their default appearance. Should they occasionally let there hair down, it is still acceptable. The tag should NOT be used for people who wear their hair in pigtails on a single occasion. There are some occasional edge cases so here is a break down of oddities and whether they would or would not get the tag:
To qualify for the pirate tag, the character in question must be a - you guessed it - pirate. This covers the likes of traditional pirates who sail on the open ocean - basically half the cast of One Piece - but it also extends to the likes of sky pirates such as Dola from Laputa. That being said, this tag does NOT include space pirates; they have their own tag.
This is a very simple tag to implement. If a character has pointy ears then they WOULD get the tag. This tag should NOT be used on animals, it is purely for human-like characters.
Pretty simple, if the character in question is a member of the police force - whether an officer or inspector, if they uphold the long arm of the law then they get the police tag. This tag also covers specialist police forces such as Interpol, however it does NOT extend to the shinsengumi; they would get the shinsengumi tag instead.
This is a very simple tag to implement. If a character has a pompadour hairstyle then they DO get the tag. For those unsure, a pompadour is a hairstyle that is commonly seen on Japanese delinquents, where the hair is combed up and juts out at the front. A good example of a pompadour hairstyle on an anime character is Tatsuya from Beelzebub.
This tag is for characters who have their hair tied up in a single bunch for the majority of the time - if a character wears their hair up once then it does NOT count. This includes standard ponytails, as well as single braids, french plaits or even the crazy physics-defying creation of Ritsuko from Shiki. The tag can also be used on any age group or any gender.
This tag should be used for characters who have very little or no money. Much like the wealthy tag, their lack of funds should be a large factor in their character and should be prevalent in the series. For example, Akihisa from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu qualifies for the tag, and his status as a poor man is shown multiple times through his having to make a single cup noodle stretch to cover his breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the far end of the spectrum, this tag also covers those who are so destitute that they are homeless, such as the likes of Gin from Tokyo Godfathers.
The power suit tag extends only to suits of various types of form-fitting armor that give the wearer special powers, special weapons, or enhances the character’s inherent abilities. “Power Suit” does not cover such things as the suits worn by Sky High which just gives him a jetpack, and Rock Bison who is essentially in control of a tank, or anyone else in Tiger and Bunny who have inherent powers not enhanced by the suit.
Jet packs do NOT qualify for this tag.
Since the pregnant tag could be potentially spoilerific, we have very tight guidelines on when to use it. This tag should only be used on characters who are pregnant for the majority of the anime or manga in which they feature. A perfect example of a character that qualifies for this tag is Osono from Kiki's Delivery Service who is pregnant from the first moment we meet her and is so throughout the duration of the film (except for during the credits).
If a character becomes pregnant midway through the series or later then they would NOT get the tag as it is likely that it is a spoiler. Likewise, if a character is pregnant at the beginning of the series and gives birth shortly afterwards then they would NOT get the tag as it would only be relevant for a small portion of the series, much in the way that a teenager who goes from high school to university would NOT be tagged with any school tags, as no single one is relevant for the entirety of the series.
The priests tag, at the moment, covers a wide range of different religious characters, so I think the best way to handle this is to go through each one to show what does and doesn’t qualify.
This tag is for characters who are prisoners in jail during the anime or manga in question. It doesn't matter whether the person is guilty of a crime or innocent, if they are incarcerated in a prison of any kind, then they WOULD get the tag. This tag should NOT be used on characters who are only briefly imprisoned in jail during the series, characters sent to prison at the end of a series, or anyone who was in jail before the events of the series.
Prison Guard/Prison Warden:
These two tags are for people who work within the prison system and should be applied as follows:
This tag is for both male and female characters who sell their bodies for money. The tag should ONLY be given to characters who actively have sex with their clients. This means that a character who was previously a prostitute but no longer sells themselves would NOT get the tag. Likewise, this should NOT be used for the likes of Hosts, who simply sell their time and company, but do not engage in sexual activity with any of their clients.
The psychic powers tag is for characters that have extrasensory perception and psychic abilities that normal people do not possess. Here are examples of powers that DO qualify for the tag:
The Puppeteer tag applies to characters who frequently interact with puppets or marionettes. Whether the puppets are used for combat, in the fashion of Kankuro from Naruto, to communicate, like Takara from Blue Exorcist, or simply to entertain is irrelevant. As long as the character finds themselves controlling figures frequently, they qualify for the tag.
Both hand puppets and marionettes DO qualify for the tag; human puppetry, however, does NOT.
This tag is pretty self-explanatory and should be used for characters who race. This covers those who race bikes and cars but does NOT extend to those who participate in running races (be they sprinting or marathons) - those characters would get the athlete tag instead.
This tag should be used for anyone who is a news reporter of any kind. This includes television reporters and newspaper reporters, as well as any students who are a part of their school’s newspaper club - such as Minako from Maria-sama ga Miteru.
This tag is for those character who have constant rosy cheeks no matter the situation. This includes the likes of Chihiro from Spirited Away, Maricorn from Zero no Tsukaima, and a frighteningly large proportion of the Mitsudomoe cast. This tag should NOT be used for those that simply blush a lot, unless the rosy cheeks are a constant part of their facial design, the tag shouldn’t be applied.
Royalty and Nobility, while these tags are in some ways very similar, they are also distinctly different, so knowing when to use each tag is key. Below is a list of what constitutes Nobility, and what makes a character Royalty. It should also be noted that the two tags should NOT be used together, the character in question will either have one tag or the other.
The ruthless tag is for two specific types of characters:
This tag should be used for particularly twisted individuals that enjoy inflicting pain and suffering upon others. If they get some kind of sick pleasure out of tormenting whatever poor sod happens to be around, then they qualify for the tag; basically they’re the kind of characters you can imagine sitting around when they were younger burning ants underneath a magnifying glass. Prime examples of sadistic characters are Kurotsuchi from Bleach who routinely finds it great fun to torture the “specimens” for his experimentation, Hidan from Naruto Shippuuden and his “religious rituals”, and Krauser II from Detroit Metal City (RAPERAPERAPERAPERAPE).
The samurai tag is not hugely strict and should be used on characters who are samurai. As the most basic of basic guides, as long as a character follows the way of the samurai and are referred to as such then they should get the tag, regardless of whether they have a master or not. This means that the tag includes the likes of ronin (masterless samurai) such as Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin and Masanosuke from Sarai ya Goyou. Also, the setting of the anime/manga does not affect this tag - so being part of a series about feudal Japan is not a pre-requisite. There are edge cases where entirely non-traditional samurai qualify for this tag, such as the likes of Kai from Yakitate! Japan; he is a baker by trade, however he has also undergone training in the way of the sword, has many samurai-like attributes and is referred to as a samurai multiple times throughout the series.
It should also be noted that there are certain tags that should NOT be used alongside the samurai tag. If a character is already marked up as a samurai they should NOT be tagged as sword fighter as well, since this is already covered within the samurai tag. Likewise, while shinsengumi are essentially a special police force consisting of ronin, no characters should be tagged with both shinsengumi AND samurai; in this case the shinsengumi tag trumps the samurai one.
Sausage lips. We’ve all seen them in anime and they’re pretty easy to recognise. If it looks like someone has just plonked a saveloy or frankfurter on the character’s face, then they get the sausage lips tag. For examples see the likes of Usopp from One Piece and The Spirit of Early Education from Mainichi Kaasan.
Simply having defined lips, such as the likes of Jose and Wally from Fairy Tail or Yano from Kimi ni Todoke does NOT warrant the tag.
This tag is for characters whose normal choice of wardrobe consists of very little clothing and normally reveals a fair amount of bare flesh. This uhh... “covers” the likes of Franky from One Piece whose entire wardrobe consists of an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt and a teeny tiny pair of speedos, and characters such as Hinako from Sleeping/Training with Hinako who enjoys parading around in her undies all day.
This tag should not be confused with the frequently-naked tag, which is for characters who regularly find themselves in a state of undress.
To get the scars tag, a character needs to have visible physical scars. It could be a small facial scar such as that of Luffy from One Piece or large bodily scars like those of Black Jack. It should also be noted that to qualify for the tag, the scars must be prominent - tiny, insignificant, or barely featured scars do NOT count.
The School Idol tag is for characters who are exceptionally popular at school, to the point where they are revered, worshipped or possibly even have fan clubs dedicated to them. This includes the likes of Shizuma from Strawberry Panic and Mio from K-On! Obviously to be eligible for this tag, the character in question must be a student at school. Teachers, or other school staff do NOT count.
The tag should NOT be used alongside the idol tag. If someone is an actual idol, but happens to go to school (and is worshipped there) then the idol tag would trump the school idol one.
This is a fairly simple tag to implement; if a character is the principal/headmaster/headmistress of a school or university then they WOULD get this tag. This tag should NOT be used for people who are chairperson of the school board and not the principal, likewise it should NOT be used for deputy-principals.
This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with the teacher tag.
A pretty straightforward tag, if the character in question is a scientist then they qualify for the tag. The tag covers the likes of school science nerds such as Chie from Hyakko, to those who study and research - such as Keizou from Moyashimon - or use their research to develop new medicines, weapons, or technologies, like Kurotsuchi from Bleach.
It should be noted that it is perfectly fine to tag a character with both inventor and scientist as the two are not mutually exclusive and they can overlap.
The Scythe Wielder tag applies to characters that wield, as a primary weapon, some manner of scythe. The configuration of the blade and stock, as well as the number of blades present on the weapon, are irrelevant; so long as the weapon is fitted with scythe blades and has some lengthy stock to it, the tag applies. Whether Hidan’s three-bladed scythe, Hisagi’s dual-bladed Kazeshini, or Soul Evan’s transformed state, all manner of scythes qualify for the tag.
Sickles, attached to a chain or otherwise, are NOT covered by the tag.
Another self-explanatory tag, this should be used for characters who are selfish. If they place their own needs and desires above those of any others or care more about their own well-being than anyone else’s, then they qualify for the tag. A good example of a selfish character is Mitsuba from Mitsudomoe.
The terms Seme and Uke refer to the roles within homosexual relationships and when tagging it is important to know which is which.
This tag should ONLY be used for characters who actively engage in homosexual relationships in anime or manga. Generally, this tag will be used in shounen-ai, yaoi, shoujo-ai and yuri titles, but there is the possibility of a pair cropping up in a non boy-love/girl-love series.
The Seme and Uke tags are NEVER to be used for tagging common fandom beliefs or for couples that are not canon within the series’ plotline. Unless genuine homosexual relationships are present, the tag should NOT be applied. For example while many SasuNaru shippers may claim that “OMG Sasuke is soooo totally the seme!”, he would NOT qualify for the tag (nor Naruto for the uke). This is because - sorry to disappoint girls - within the confines of the narrative as laid out by the series creator, neither Naruto nor Sasuke are hard, hot and horny for each other - they’re simply friends. Likewise, while series such as Kyou Kara Maou and Hetalia are thought of as boy-love series, they are not. They may hint at homosexual relationships, but they do NOT contain actual loving and/or sexual relationships.
The Sharp Teeth tag applies to characters who have a mouthful of exceedingly pointy teeth. Think Soul Evans from Soul Eater. While these choppers needn’t be lined up exactly such that they fit, the majority of the teeth must be triangular. Simply possessing one or two fangs, or a snaggletooth, is not enough to constitute candidacy for this tag. Animals and monsters, categories of beings which commonly possess slightly sharper teeth than average, are NOT eligible for this tag.
Much like pirates and ninja, shinigami take on a variety of different forms. However, all shinigami deal with death, whether causing it or helping souls to pass on to the next world. Therefore, should a character be classified in the anime as a shinigami, or death god, then they get this tag. This covers the vast majority of the cast of Bleach as well as the likes of Ryuk from Death Note and William T. Spears from Kuroshitsuji. As with all other tags, this should NOT be applied if the character’s identity as a shinigami is a spoiler.
It should also be noted that shinigami do NOT get tagged with magic user. While many of a shinigami’s abilities may seem magical - such as the Kidou demonstrated in Bleach - this all comes under the shinigami’s own powers and therefore disqualifies them from getting the magic user tag.
This is a particularly specialist tag and to qualify for it, the characters in question should be a member of the shinsengumi - a specialist police force that is made up of ronin (masterless samurai). Ideal characters to demonstrate this are Kondo and Hijikata from Gintama and a large portion of the cast of Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan.
Please note that if a character is a member of the shinsengumi, they should NOT be tagged with samurai as that is implied by their status. Also, shinsengumi tags must NOT be tagged as police, since again, this is implied in the shinsengumi status, and is not really accurate.
As the title says, this tag is for shinto shrine maidens. To get the tag, the characters should be shrine maidens. This means that they should actively work at the shrine. Here is a breakdown of what does and does not count for the tag:
This tag is relatively self-explanatory and should be used for characters who are shy. If they are fairly quiet and tend to either get embarrassed, self-conscious, flustered, or simply run away when faced with groups of people, or those they don’t know, then the character in question WOULD get this tag. Good examples of shy characters are Hinata from Naruto, Koume from Hanamaru Youchien, and Japan from Hetalia: Axis Powers.
The sickly tag is for characters who are known for having weak health and are frequently bed-ridden or ill. This includes the likes of Nagisa from Clannad and Ukitake from Bleach. as well as terminally ill characters such as Jhil from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. This tag does NOT extend to characters who happen to catch a cold during the course of the series.
This tag should be used for characters that are singers. It should be for characters who sing as a large part of their character. The type of music does not make any difference, they could be opera singers, pop, rock, enka and even rap. While it is a fairly simple tag to use there are some stipulations.
This tag should be used for characters who are raising children on their own, whether widowed or simply separated; this includes the likes of Hajime from Jigoku Shoujo and Aki from Keroro Gunsou. The tag also covers characters who raise children that are not their own, such as the likes of Haruko from Air. However, it should also be noted that if the character in question is not a biological/adopted parent they should act as a PARENTAL figurehead, thus the likes of Haruka from Minami-ke or Kyou from Binbou Shimai Monogatari do NOT get the tag as they are simply the elder sisters who look after their younger siblings.
See Brother Complex/Sister Complex.
The sleepyhead tag is for characters who are seen snoozing a lot. Here are some things to consider when thinking of applying the tag:
This tag should be used for those characters who are particularly short. This should NOT be used on children as they are bound to be smaller that other individuals nor do chibi characters count, however it DOES include teenagers who are particularly short for their age. If they are merely shorter than those around them but not excessively short then they would NOT get the tag. If a character’s short stature is an ongoing joke or they have a complex about it (such as that of Ed from Fullmetal Alchemist) or an important part of their character then they WOULD get the tag. Likewise adults who are so short that they look like children (see Mika from Doki Doki School Hours) WOULD also qualify for the tag but elderly characters that are ridiculously tiny (such as Jotoku from Amaenaideyo!!) would NOT get it unless it were a running joke.
It should be noted that while Chiyo from Azumanga Daioh is notable shorter than the rest of the cast and her height is an ongoing joke, she does NOT get the tag because she is a lot younger than the others so it is expected that she will be shorter than them. The same goes for Becky from Pani Poni Dash who despite being a teacher is actually a child so she does NOT get the tag.
The smoker tag should be used for smokers, regardless of what it is they smoke. Whether cigarettes, cigars or pipes, if they smoke it, they get the tag.
This tag is very easy to implement; if a character has a single little fang emerging from one side of their mouth then they get the tag. Good examples of this are Hiyori from Bleach, Madarame from Genshiken and Zazie from Letter Bee.
This tag should NOT be given to vampires whose fangs are visible since they are not snaggleteeth.
This tag, as its name suggest should be used for those characters who do all their pirating in space. Instead of ships, they have spaceships, but they still pillage and plunder as much as the next pirate. This tag should NOT be used on sky pirates, such as Dola from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, those characters get the regular pirate tag instead.
The stoic tag can at times be a more difficult tag to apply, however, when knowing exactly what to look for, it is pretty simple. Possibly the best way to address this is to break it down into more detailed sections outlining traits that would and would not qualify a character for the tag.
Before I start, here is a general guideline for use of this tag. The characters in question do NOT need to be stoic for 100% of the series; if they are then great they WOULD get the tag, however, if not, then they should conform to the following criteria. If a character is consistently stoic for a large proportion of the EARLY part of the series - say two thirds of a 13, 26 or 52 episode show, or at least 50 - 100 episodes of a long-running series - then they WOULD qualify for the tag. It is important that the stoicism must be from the early part of the series as otherwise it is likely a spoiler. In a case where some event makes a character stoic after just one episode - and they then continue in that vein for the appropriate amount of time - then the tag CAN be applied.
Now, when it comes to tagging characters with the stoic tag, the main thing that the characters must possess is a general lack of emotion. Bearing this in mind, here is a list of the types of characters that can and cannot be considered for the tag:
The student council tag is to be used for any characters that are a member of their student council at school. It doesn’t matter if they are the student council president, the vice-president, treasurer or whatever, if they hold a position there, they get the tag. While this tag does extend to the likes of Shizuma from Strawberry Panic, or disciplinary committee members such as Hibari from Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn it does NOT cover class representatives, unless they happen to be on the council as well.
Obviously if characters are on the student council they must be a student, so don’t forget to tag with the appropriate student tag, be it elementary, high school or middle school.
Another fairly simple tag to implement; if a character wears sunglasses they get the tag. This covers the likes of solid black glasses such as those of Ebisu from Naruto, the dusky but semi see-through lenses of Akio from Cromartie High School, and the colourful offerings of the likes of Inazuma from One Piece.
If a person has the sunglasses tag they do NOT get the glasses tag as well; characters only get one or the other.
Superpowers is a fairly wide tag that covers any character with powers that do NOT fall into any other tag categories. Any characters with abilities that are described as magical would NOT get the tag, but should instead be tagged with Magic User. It should only be used for human characters and animals with exceptional powers, so the likes of Demons, Vampires, Aliens, Deities, Monsters, Robots etc would NOT count. Prime examples of characters that WOULD get the tag are the devil fruit users from One Piece who can wield a plethora of different abilities that are in no way magical.
There are a lot of tags that automatically imply that the character has some kind of superhuman ability, therefore ninjutsu gets covered within the Ninja tag and shinigami powers within the Shinigami tag. Note: While it could be argued that the bloodline limits in Naruto are rare “superpowers” within the franchise’s universe, they are still ninjutsu and are therefore covered under the ninja tag - the superpowers tag would NOT be used in these cases.
This tag should NEVER be used in conjunction with ANY of the following tags, as the more specific groupings trump this more general tag:
It should also be noted that the situation of the character also needs to be taken into consideration. For example, while Futaba from Mitsudomoe regularly demonstrates superhuman strength, she is in a slice of life anime in which superpowers are not present, therefore she does NOT get the tag.
This tag is for characters that have a particular preference for sweet food, such as cakes, cookies, candy and desserts. If a character regularly squeals or gets starry-eyed over desserts but show no similar reaction to savory dishes, then they WOULD get the tag. Likewise if they are only ever seen eating sweet things, like L from Death Note, then they WOULD also get the tag. When applying this tag there are two other things to keep note of:
While on the surface, this tag may seem simple enough - the basic definition being that if someone primarily fights using a sword such as Zoro from One Piece, then they WOULD get the tag - there have been a few grey areas, so hopefully this will clear them up.
The Tailor tag applies to characters who, for either production or repair, sew clothes. While the character need not be a tailor by profession, he/she must frequently deal with sewing, hemming, or stitching in order to qualify for the tag. Simply fixing a garment once or twice does not qualify a character for this tag. This tag CAN be used in conjunction with maid.
The tattoos tag should be given to those characters who have a tattoo. It doesn’t matter where the body art in question actually is; it could be anywhere, such as on the arm or back, or can be on the face, such as with the likes of G from Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn. When it comes to facial tattoos it is also important to make sure that the markings in question are actually tattoos and not just make-up.
This tag is for characters who are teachers. This could cover those who teach in a formal educational institution from elementary school to university as well as private tutors or those who teach outside of the school environment, such as Yupa from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. This tag does NOT extend to principals of schools, as while they are essentially the headteacher, they do not tend to actually teach, therefore they do NOT get the tag.
This tag refers to characters who coach a sports team, whether in a school or for a professional team. They must currently hold the position (not for those who were previously coaches), or at least have it for the majority of the series. This tag is NOT to be given to gym teachers, team managers, or martial arts teachers, unless the character has the role alongside being a coach for a team. This tag is exclusively for athletic sports, and not to be used for those who coach other non-athletic activities such as chess or karuta. Coaches of all types of athletic sports are welcome, regardless of the fact that they might coach solo sports like boxing.
This tag applies to characters who are managers of a sports team, whether in a school or for a professional team. They must currently hold the position (not for those who were previously managers), or at least have it for the majority of the series. The manager plays many roles in a sports team such as keeping track of the competition, or organizing the equipment and only those who are specifically called managers for a sports team should get the tag, any other role should such as the team coach or captain would NOT get the tag.
Characters aged between 13 and 19 get this tag. Any younger and they get the child tag, any older and they should get the adult tag.
This tag can be divided into two categories:
If a character robs, steals, or generally procures goods through less-than legal methods then they qualify for the thieves tag. This tag covers the likes of Lupin and Jigen from Lupin III and Kaitou Kid from the Detective Conan and Magic Kaitou series, as well as as well as less flashy bandits such as Paninya from Fullmetal Alchemist.
The tomboys tag should be used on female characters who are particularly boyish in their manner. Having a boyish appearance is not essential for getting the tag. If a female character is particularly brash and not at all ladylike, or speaks in a more boy-like manner then they WOULD get the tag. Likewise exceptional athleticism is also another common trait to look for, but the character must NOT be girlish with it. For example, while Sakaki and Kagura from Azumanga Daioh are both athletic, only Kagura gets the tomboy tag because she isn’t at all girly, unlike Sakaki who shows a lot of feminine qualities.
The Transfer Student tag covers characters who have transferred into a new school from a previous institution, and have to find their bearings in their new environment. Whether the character transferred from a school overseas, or just down the street, the tag still applies; however, if the student was not attending a school previously, or has started his education in the new institution at the lowest level, then the transfer student tag does not apply. If the character is considered a transfer student at any point in the series, regardless of the fact that they might have transferred at the beginning of a long series, they retain the tag.
Good examples of characters that would receive the Transfer Student tag are Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Homura from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.
The travelers tag is for characters who travel around and have no fixed abode. It could be that they travel around selling their wares, such as the Medicine Seller from Mononoke, or that they simply wish to see the world, like Kino from Kino’s Journey. While this tag can be used in conjunction with the likes of samurai, it should NOT be used alongside pirate, because while they travel the seas, they don’t quite count as travelers.
The treasure hunter tag is for characters whose main goal in life is to locate a treasure and claim it for their own. The character’s pursuit of their treasure should be an important if not central part of their personality and should also be central to their individual plotline. This covers the likes of Jil, Coopa etc. from the Tower of Druaga series.
It should also be noted that in general pirates would NOT be tagged with the treasure hunter tag, since pillaging treasure is kind of expected practice for pirates. However, there may be exceptions, such as the likes of Luffy from One Piece, who DOES get the tag because he is solely focused on travelling the seas to locate a single treasure - One Piece. His intense focus on that one goal is what qualifies him for the tag.
For characters to qualify for the tsundere tag they must meet the following criteria:
It should also be noted that tagging other personality traits with the tsundere tag is perfectly fine. While it may seem like some overlap, that is not always the case. For example, while the likes of Asuna from Mahou Sensei Negima are exceptionally hot-headed, there are a lot of tsunderes, such as Eri from School Rumble who are not, therefore tagging Tsundere with hot-headed is perfectly allowable. Likewise, bossy may seem like another common trait, but again, not all tsunderes are so; for example, while Junko from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou may be strict and serious, she isn’t particularly bossy, so she doesn’t get the tag, but she IS a tsundere.
This tag is for characters who are twins. The twins in question need not be identical, nor do they need to be of the same gender, as long as they were born at the same time, they qualify for the tag. This tag does NOT cover the likes of triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets etc, only twins.
This tag is for those characters who were once dead, but have since returned to the land of the living in their own way. To qualify for the tag characters should essentially be a dead body, with no heartbeat, yet are animated and are able to communicate with others. Naturally, zombies come under this tag, as well as the likes of Brook from One Piece, but does NOT simply include those who are immortal. This tag should also NOT be used on vampires, as they would get the vampire tag instead. This tag should NOT be used alongside the ghost tag either.
The unibrow tag is for characters that, yep, you got it, have a unibrow. If an individuals eyebrows meet in the middle to form one large brow, then they qualify for the tag. This covers the likes of thin wispy unibrows such as that of Horio from Prince of Tennis as well as large bushy offerings like Gaimon from One Piece. Please note that if a character has a thick bushy unibrow ore a bizarre one it is OK to tag unibrow along with epic eyebrows.
This tag should be used for characters that attend some form of further/higher education. Whether they attend college, university or a specialist educational institution - such as the agricultural university from Moyashimon - all those who attend as students would get the university student tag.
As the title of this tag suggests, it should be used for characters that are vampires. This covers the more stereotypical image of a vampire - a being that drinks blood, is immortal, and has serious “issues” with sunlight, crosses, silver and garlic - (think Dracula) as well as the less traditional vamps such as Saya from Blood+ or Moka from Rosario to Vampire. It is also important to mention that while referring to a character as a vampire is a solid indication that the tag should be applied, there are series (such as Blood+ and Shiki) where characters aren’t called vampires but still qualify for the tag. The tag also covers the odd edge cases such as Krory from D.Gray-Man who may not a vampire per-se, but he not only has the appearance of your standard ‘Hammer Horror’ vampire, but also has many of the characteristics of the charismatic blood-suckers.
The Vengeful tag refers to characters who are chiefly motivated by thoughts of revenge against either those who have wronged them, or towards the world which allowed some injustice to occur. The vengeance may take many forms, including manipulating fellow cast-mates, persecuting a group of people, or a general ruthlessness towards the object of their hatred and scorn. This trait does not need to be apparent to the other members of the cast, as the viewer might be the sole observer of the inner turmoil of the character, as with Lelouch from Code Geass, which is usually the case with most series that toy with dramatic irony. The character may also have more than one motivation, as a character might want to make the world a better place, but also get his revenge in the process. In instances of a character revealing to both the other characters as well as the viewer his motivations later in a series, care must be given to avoid a spoiler; however, if the character implies they are seeking revenge, but against whom and for what injustice are left ambiguous, they are still applicable for the tag. Spirits who have returned from the dead in order to seek their vengeance upon the living would also get the tag.
This tag is a bit troublesome because it veers into the realms of Japanese speech patterns. In an effort to try and explain how this tag works, I’m going to break it down into categories.
This tag should be used for those who are known to play an excessive amount of video games - think Kazuma of Summer Wars. If they are commonly seen with a handheld console or sitting in front of a screen playing games, they get the tag. This does not exclude MMO-players or gamers playing in virtual reality. On the other hand, this tag does NOT include those participating in a combat simulator for training purposes.
This tag can be a little on the tricky side since there isn’t an entirely clear definition of what a warrior is; no direct line that can be drawn to say yes this is and no this isn’t. However, there are certain things which should be taken into account when using the warrior tag:[LIST][*]Relation to Other Tags:
The warrior tag should generally NOT be used in conjunction with ANY other job classification tags. If a character is marked with any of the following, they do NOT qualify for the warrior tag:
This is, without a doubt, the best indicator of whether a character should get the tag. If throughout the course of the series a character is referred to as a warrior then it is likely that they WOULD get the tag. For example, in One Piece, the Shandians on Skypeia are referred to as warriors, as are the women on Amazon Lily, therefore they qualify for the tag.[*]Setting:
The setting for the series in question plays a vital role in whether a character is a warrior or not.
This particular point is to be used alongside the setting qualifications and does NOT simply refer to any character who is strong and fights a lot (for example, Ed from Fullmetal Alchemist is not a warrior though he gets caught up in combat regularly and is powerful with it.) For a character to get the warrior tag they should be a fierce fighter. This is NOT to be confused with those who get the bloodthirsty tag. The individual in question does not need to have a love of battle, but they should be strong and their status as someone who fights should be important to their character.
This tag is for characters that have a lot of money such as the likes of Eri from School Rumble or the Jones family from Victorian Romance Emma. Their wealth - be it their own or from their families - should play some part in their role in the anime. For example, Haruka from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu comes from a rich family and that wealth and stature is one of the main reasons for keeping her otaku nature a secret.
This tag should be used for characters that are extremely adept at wielding multiple different types of weapons. The individual in question should be proficient in at least two or three weapons from different families. The weapons in question do NOT include ninja shuriken or kunai. If a character has mastered different types of a single weapon then they would NOT get the tag. For example, if someone was a master of using a handgun, a rifle and a pistol then they would NOT be a weapon master but would instead be a gunslinger. Likewise if they mastered a longsword, a katana and a cutlass then they would instead be tagged as sword fighter. Dante from Devil May Cry, with his varied assortment of arms, is a prime example of a character that WOULD receive this tag.
This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with any of the individual weapon tags.
The werewolf tag should be used for characters that are werewolves. This covers characters who undergo a transformation from human to wolf. The tag includes the more traditional western-style werewolves who are humans that involuntarily become wolves during a full moon, but also extends a little further. Characters who can control their transformation or transform outside of the time of a full moon WOULD also count. It also covers the likes of half-breed werewolves such as Riza from Kaibutsu Oujo and Liru from Magical Pokan who while she has wolf ears for the majority of the time, she does transform during a full moon.
However, there are several cases that do NOT warrant the werewolf tag:
This tag should NOT be used in conjunction with the animal or monster tags, however if - in a rare case - a character is half werewolf and half vampire, then it WOULD be acceptable to tag as both werewolf AND vampire.
The Widow tag pertains to those unfortunate characters whose spouses have passed away. As regrettable as it is, a character can only be tagged as a widow if their spouse died prior to or very early on in the series, as to prevent spoilers. The tag is also gender neutral, and can be placed on both female widows and male widowers.
Whether feathered or scaled, this tag is for ANY character that has wings, be they human, animal, angel, or mythical creature.
To qualify for the writer tag, the character in question should be an author. This covers professional published authors, such as Eiri Yuki from Gravitation and Jiraiya from Naruto as well as aspiring writers, such as Lucy from Fairy Tail. While this tag would also cover those who write informative articles for magazines - such as Kantarou from Tactics, it does NOT cover journalists, those would get the reporter tag instead.
Youkai is a kind of catch-all term for a variety of Japanese monsters and spirits; this ranges from the well-known kappa, tanuki and kitsune, to the likes of karakasa (cyclopic umbrellas), zashiki warashi or any of the bizarre creations you may have seen in the likes of xxxholic or Pom Poko.
In order to qualify for this tag the main thing is that the monster/spirit/demon in question MUST BE JAPANESE. This is imperative. Western monsters such as werewolves, vampires, demons do NOT get this tag. However, just being Japanese isn’t the only criteria. For example, Godzilla is Japanese, and so are Pokemon, but these are NOT youkai, instead they fall into the category of monsters. Youkai instead are creatures from Japanese mythology (and unless Pikachu was present in the Hyakki Yako, he won’t be getting the youkai tag any time soon).
That being said, there are some exceptions. Some characters may not be traditional Japanese youkai, such as the Susuwatari from Totoro/Spirited Away and the Catbus from Totoro, however, they still get the tag. This is because they appear in a spiritual/supernatural themed anime where they have been designed to be youkai. As mentioned earlier, youkai cover a plethora of different creatures, so in some cases you will have “created youkai”. In cases like this, unless these characters are explicitly referred to as demons they will likely get the tag, but this may have to be taken on a case-by-case basis.
Also, youkai is a standalone tag. It does NOT work in conjunction with demon, monster, or ghost. In order to help decide which of the above to use, here is a quick guide:[LIST][*]Monster:
This has been the biggest crossover for youkai. Basically the monster tag is for any character that is a bizarre or fantastical creature outside of the realms of vampire/werewolf/zombie etc.[*]Demon:
This is for non-Japanese demons. If you have a religion-based anime then anyone called a demon gets this, likewise the demons from Saiyuki also get this. As for Japan-based anime with demons in them, if they take a more westernised/traditional demon appearance then they likely get the demon tag rather than youkai.[*]Ghost:
This is for characters who were once human (or maybe animal) but are now dead. Pretty simple really. While a lot of spirits come under the youkai tag, ghosts don’t.
It should also be noted that youkai CAN also be tagged with the deity tag. Often youkai may be revered as gods, especially for some of the more obscure ones, so deity can be applied but only if appropriate i.e. if it’s actually mentioned in the anime/manga. That being said, you must be careful to not tag Gods as youkai, for example the likes of Moro and Okkoto in Princess Mononoke are Gods, not youkai, thus they only get the deity tag.
Also, on occasion some youkai may be referred to as demons, such as in Tactics where Haruka is often referred to as a “Crow-eating Demon”, however he is a Karasu-Tengu, and Tengu are youkai, therefore he gets the youkai tag rather than Demon.
For a TL:DR pocket guide, the following will definitely get the youkai tag: Kappa, Tanuki (Japanese Raccoon Dogs - provided that they are ACTUAL tanuki and not simply raccoons like Tanukichi from Animal Crossing who does NOT get the tag. While there are countless nods to tanuki in his design, he is not set up as a youkai, and is simply a crafty raccoon), Kitsune (fox spirits), Tengu, almost any random creature referred to as an X spirit (such as the Radish Spirit from Spirited Away),and Zashiki Warashi.
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Very nice! Great job!
Now when I have questions about tags, I don't have to bother someone! :)
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Just one word: sugoi! :D
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Awesome, Cassie! Thanks for putting so much time into this!
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Thanks, this really will help a lot of people out @____@ A lot of time went in to this for sure!
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Thnx this will really help me a lot ^_^ (:
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A huge thanks for cassie for teh awesome list :D Google docs was annoying me, or rather my slow internet ^^
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Thank you for taking the time to put these here, Cassie... this is straight in bookmarks :balloon:
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I echo what coffeebreath said - I'm saving this link for sure. Thanks for putting so much time into this!
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