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: Relevance: A tag must be a major element of the character. For example, individuals that are seen cooking a lot, or have jobs as chefs get the cook tag, but if a character is only shown in the kitchen once that is NOT enough to warrant the tag. Likewise a lot of the appearance-based tags such as facial hair should only be used on those that have constant stubble/beards/mustaches, if someone occasionally wakes up with stubble on their chin, they do NOT qualify. Accuracy: Tags applied MUST be accurate. If someone happens to be a bit of a grump, we will NOT tag them with tsundere. It’s better to leave tags off of a character than to mark them with the next best thing or tag them inaccurately. A motto the moderators use is 'When in doubt, leave it out'. Spoilers: By policy we do NOT reveal spoilers in any aspect of the character entries, including both descriptions and spoilers. If it would ruin the plot of the anime or manga, it isn't added. For example, in a show where a character is a ghost, but that fact is not revealed until mid-way through/the end, we would not tag ghost. We generally only tag initial appearance/traits for this reason. Notes About Certain Tag Groups Age Tags: Except ageless, all age tags have a start and end year cutoff, and we only tag if we know the exact age - we don't guess based on appearance. For example, Mika from Doki Doki School Hours, looks like a little child, but she’s 27, therefore she gets the adult tag. If a character ages through a series, we currently do not tag them with an age. There are only two exceptions to this rule. The first is Naruto. Before the time skip the characters were 12 - only JUST outside of the teenager bracket, then in Shippuuden, they are teenagers, so they have been tagged as such since they only just missed it first time round. The second would be if the first episode of a series documents the very early life of a character before settling into the main story of person X as a teenager or adult. In this sense, while showing a progression of age, it should be treated no differently from a flashback - you wouldn’t tag the likes of Nami from One Piece as a baby or a child just because a few episodes focused on her younger years. Combat Based Tags: We have a selection of tags based around fighting techniques, which include: sword fighter, gunslinger, martial artist, archer and magic user. In general characters would only get ONE of these tags. These tags are used to show any given characters primary method of fighting. For example, Jigen from the Lupin III franchise fights off enemies with his trusty magnum; he doesn’t interchange between a variety of different weapons. The only exceptions to this come with the magic user tag. The likes of Erza from Fairy Tail receive both the magic user and sword fighter tags because her primary method of fighting is to use her magic to equip various summoned swords and armor. If a character uses magic to summon one more than one type of weapon on a regular basis - i.e. one week they whip out a pistol, the next a longsword, then an axe etc - they would NOT get any tags other than the magic user tag. Student Tags: Currently, we only tag Elementary, Middle, High School and University Student tags when the type of school is explicitly defined. IE, if a character attends formal education that is not a traditional type of school, we currently do NOT tag them with a student tag. Like with age tags, if a character progresses through different tiers of education throughout the course of the series, they do NOT receive any student tags. Appearance tags: All appearance tags should be added based on a character’s main/default visage. This includes the likes of physical attributes (facial hair, heterochromia etc.) as well as accessories (glasses, hats, bandanas etc.). If the character wears glasses for the majority/all of the time then they WOULD get the tag, however if they only need glasses for reading and only occasionally use them, then they would NOT get the tag. 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: Ageless: Spoiler 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. Archer: Spoiler 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. Armor: Spoiler 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. Partial Armor Characters who only wear partial armor such as shoulder guards or breast plates worn over their regular clothing WOULD qualify for the tag. Leather/Fabric Armor While not metal armor, protective equipment made of leather or any other soft fabric WOULD also count for the armor tag. Suits of Armor Characters that are purely suits of armor such as Al from Fullmetal Alchemist do NOT get the tag since it’s what they are not what they wear. Androids and Armor In general androids would NOT get the armor tag however if their design is that of a regular human wearing armor then they WOULD qualify. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.): Spoiler 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; Robots/Androids: If a character is either a robot or an android then they would NOT get the tag. This is for the pure and simple reason that while they may be artificially created they have a physical body, albeit a robotic/mechanical one. Computer Programs/Viruses: Computer programs or viruses that have an intelligence of their own WOULD get the artificial intelligence tag, as they have been created through non-natural means and do not have a physical body; they exist solely as data. Should these programs inhabit a robotic body then they would NOT get the tag, and should instead be marked as either robot or android where appropriate. Holograms: By nature of holograms not having a physical body yet exhibiting intelligence, these characters WOULD get the tag. Humans Trapped in a Virtual World: In the odd case that a human character becomes trapped in a virtual world, they would NOT qualify for the tag. This is because while their thought processes, soul or whatever is currently not residing in their physical body they do technically have one. They are humans and therefore are NOT artificially created. Digimon: While digimon can cause physical damage in the real world, they solely exist as data, thus they WOULD qualify for the tag as they do not inhabit a physical body. Video Game Characters: Video game characters are a tougher one and depends solely on one thing: is a human person controlling the character? If the answer to that is yes, then the character would NOT get the tag. This includes a large portion of the .hack//SIGN cast who while shown solely through their appearance within the virtual world, are in fact human beings sitting at a computer. Should there be an anomaly in the virtual world where there is a character who is NOT being controlled by anyone but is acting of their own free will, then they WOULD get the tag as they have no physical body behind them. Artists: Spoiler 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. Assassins: See Mercenaries/Bounty Hunters/Assassins. Athletes: Spoiler 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: Baseball Players This tag is for characters that play baseball. The Baseball Player tag should be used on those who are professional baseball players, or those in the baseball club at their school. In the odd occasion where an individual is not part of an formal organization, the tag should only be used if playing baseball is a significant part of their character. Basketball Players This tag is for characters who play basketball. To qualify for the tag the individual in question should either be a professional basketball player, or should be part of a basketball club at school. The Basketball Player tag should NOT be used for characters who only play basketball once or twice for recreation with friends. Ice Skaters This tag pertains to characters who have some manner of proficiency in the performance art of ice skating. These characters must perform professionally, as recreational ice skaters are NOT covered by the tag. Soccer Players This tag is for characters that play soccer. To qualify for the tag the individual in question should be a regular member of a soccer team, either professional or amateur and should be a large part of their personality. It should NOT be used for characters who only play soccer on rare occasion. For example, while Hitsugaya from Bleach is shown playing soccer with Karin's team on more than one occasion he would NOT qualify for the tag since it is not an important part of his personality and barely features. Swimmers This tag is for characters who are swimmers. To qualify for the tag the individual in question should be a part of the swim team at school, or should be a member of some kind of formal swimming organization. This tag should NOT be used for characters who happen to swim once whilst at a public swimming pool or beach. Tennis Players This tag is for characters who frequently play tennis. In order to qualify for the tag, the individual should be part of a formal tennis organization, be it professionally or as part of a school club. Also, in order to get the tag, tennis should be a big part of the character's life or be important to their role in the story. For example, Nanjirou Echizen from Prince of Tennis is a former tennis pro, and even though he is no longer competing he WOULD still qualify for the tag since he is shown playing and it is a crucial part of his identity. Track and Fielders Track and Fielders actively participate in track and field events, which usually take place on a large, flat field surrounded by a running track. Dashes, hurdles and relay races are a few examples of track events, while field events tend to involve throwing javelins or shot puts or participating in high or long jumps. Wrestlers This tag pertains to characters who have some manner of proficiency in the sport of wrestling. Whether the characters are practitioners of sumo wrestling, lucha libre, or regular wrestling does not matter, as characters that participate in any of the three qualify for the tag. Despite the apparent similarity between some martial arts and wrestling, a character that qualifies as a wrestler cannot be tagged with martial artist unless they are proficient in a martial art in addition to their wrestling skills. Axe Wielders: Spoiler The Axe-Wielder tag applies to characters that wield an axe as their primary weapon. The size of the blade and stock is not relevant; so long as the weapon is fitted with an axe blade and has some stock to it, the tag applies. Pole-axes, which are polearms with an axe blade affixed to the top, ARE covered by the tag. Babies: Spoiler 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. Balding: Spoiler The Balding tag refers to characters who are noticeably losing hair, but are not completely bald. This tag covers those who have large bald spots on top of their head, such that there is only hair on the sides, those with an extreme case of receding hairline (like the aptly named Baldini from Eyeshield 21), as well as characters who only have very few strands of hair on their head. Characters should NOT be tagged if a hat is worn to cover it up, and the revelation of his or her balding is a spoiler. Bandages Spoiler 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. Bandana: Spoiler 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. Barefoot: Spoiler The Barefoot tag applies to characters who, for one reason or another, never wear shoes nor socks - think Ed from Cowboy Bebop. While there are circumstances in which characters may be without shoes, the character’s preference for being barefoot must be a character trait that persists for the majority of that character’s screen time. The age of the character is also relevant, as babies do not have the agency to wear shoes or not and therefore should NOT be tagged. Minor characters (particularly young children), who are briefly shown to be barefoot, should NOT be tagged, as it cannot be determined whether it is a core character trait. Bartender: Spoiler 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. Baseball Players: See Athletes. Basketball Players: See Athletes. Bassists: See Musicians. Battle Gamers: Spoiler 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. Big Eaters: Spoiler 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: Rumbling Stomach: Often those that qualify for the big eater tag wander around complaining that they’re hungry, or that they haven’t had anything to eat in a couple of hours - think of the likes of Natsu from Fairy Tail. Insatiable Appetite: If a character has been scoffing down his food and is STILL hungry or seems to have a black hole in their gut instead of a stomach, then this is a pretty damn good indication that they deserve the big eater tag. Snatching Food From Other People’s Plates: Sometimes characters that fall into the big eater category are not always satisfied with the food on their own plates and will grab from other people’s. Ridiculously Large Portions: Big eaters are often shown with either humongous mountains of food ready to be eaten or they may be shown with piles upon piles of empty dishes. Distended Stomach: Though this generally only happens in comedic series, when the character has finally finished munching away on their mountain of grub, if they suddenly have a rather large gut to showcase the sheer volume of food they’ve inhaled, then it’s a pretty clear indication that this character is a big eater. Always Has Food: If a character is constantly whipping out food from various places on their body, or is ALWAYS seen with food then they are likely a big eater. If a character has at least two or more of these qualities they qualify for the big eater tag. Simply one may not work, since there are many examples of characters who have one of these traits but aren’t big eaters. For example, the various martial arts masters in History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi often snatch food from Kenichi’s plate, but they aren’t big eaters. Big Ego: Spoiler When thinking about how to use the big ego tag, here are a few things to bear in mind: High Opinion of Oneself: This is the number one thing to look out for. If a character thinks extremely highly of themselves or believes the sun to shine out of their backside, then they qualify for the tag. This may often be demonstrated with a certain amount of over-confidence, where they think they can do what they cannot, or may believe themselves to be far more intelligent, stronger or more powerful than anyone around them. They may also believe themselves to be “God’s gift to women (or men)” such as the likes of Ayame from Fruits Basket. Bragging: If a character brags a lot about things they’ve accomplished or can do AND this is mixed with an unrelenting self-confidence, then they would get the tag. Simple bragging on its own does not suffice as you will encounter characters such as Usopp from One Piece who spends a lot of time bragging about his various adventures and thousands of subordinates, but he certainly does NOT have a big ego. Vanity: If a character is particularly vain and thinks that they are stunningly handsome or drop dead gorgeous, then they DO qualify for the big ego tag, since they clearly think a lot of themselves. A prime example of an exceptionally vain character with the tag is Yumichika from Bleach. Big Nose: Spoiler 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. Biker: Spoiler This tag should be used on characters who often ride motorcycles, such as Celty from Durarara!!. This does NOT include characters that ride other vehicles like bicycles or scooters. Weird hybrids, such as the one ridden by Michiko from Michiko to Hatchin also do not qualify. Birds: See Animals. Bisexual: See Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual. Blacksmith: Spoiler 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. Blind: Spoiler The Blind tag refers to characters, such as Tousen from Bleach, who have the unfortunate disability of being unable to see. A temporary onset of blindness, or a blindness that gets cured within a small amount of time, would not qualify the character for the tag. Whether or not the character has the ability to see with second sight, or through some other manner of power, does not matter. This tag SHOULD be double tagged with the Disabled tag. Bloodthirsty: Spoiler 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: Enjoyment of Defeating an Opponent: This is a MUST for any character who gets this tag. When bloodthirsty characters get into a fight they should inflict serious damage and injury, or result in the complete destruction or decimation of their opponent. The character should find great pleasure in the defeat of their opponent, if they do not enjoy beating the other guy into a pulp then they do NOT qualify for the tag. Enjoyment of Fighting: This is another important factor for getting this tag. Bloodthirsty characters should revel in killing people and generally get a massive high from engaging in combat; they wouldn’t shy away from a fight and are probably more likely to start one. Basically they need more than just a passing interest in fighting AND they should get pleasure from the defeat of their opponent. If having a bout with someone and spilling their blood is how they get their kicks, then the character in question WOULD get the tag. Two prime examples of people who gets pleasure from battle is Kenpachi from Bleach and Kimblee from Fullmetal Alchemist. Need for Battle: This is not a desperate necessity for getting the tag, but if a character feels that they have an absolute NEED to fight with others - whether it is to sate their twisted desires or for some other dark reason - it is likely that they would get the tag. That being said, it should be coupled with at least some enjoyment in battle. If the character in question detests fighting but must, they they would NOT be bloodthirsty - just forced into a really messed up situation. Enjoyment of Inflicting Pain: If a character simply enjoys inflicting pain, then they would NOT get the bloodthirsty tag, instead they should be marked up as sadistic. Vampires: Just in case anyone is tempted to take the name of this tag literally, unless a vampire happens to meet the requirements stated above, they do NOT automatically get the tag for simply wanting to drink blood. While their nature as a vampire may make them thirsty for the red liquid, it does NOT make them bloodthirsty. To qualify for this tag, it is important that the character in question have both the first two points mentioned otherwise they would not get it. For example, the masters in History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi are NOT bloodthirsty, yet they enjoy fighting. They gain pleasure from practicing their martial arts and by nature of their skill level, they inflict massive damage. HOWEVER, they do not gain pleasure in the complete and utter defeat of their opponent, but more in the testing of skills beforehand. Board Game Players: Spoiler 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. Bodyguards: Spoiler 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. Bookworms: Spoiler 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. Bossy: Spoiler 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. Bounty Hunters: See Mercenaries/Bounty Hunters/Assassins. Boxers: Spoiler 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. Breathtaking Beards: Spoiler 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: Size: If a beard is particularly large the the character in question WOULD qualify for the tag. This covers the likes of long beards such as that of Yamamoto from Bleach and Heizou from Tsuyokiss Cool x Sweet or large bushy offerings like that of Heracles from One Piece. There may also be occasional times where it looks like the beard in question has gone out of control and has attempted to take over the entire face, in these cases the character definitely gets the tag - see Leonardo da Vinci from Mari & Gali. Shape: If the beard has a bizarre shape to it then the character WOULD qualify for the tag. This covers the likes of Sengoku’s plaited beard and Professor Clover’s distinctly groomed effort in One Piece. This tag works in conjunction with the Facial Hair tag. In other words, if a character has a breathtaking beard 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) Broken Record: Spoiler 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: Catchphrases: This covers the likes of Ryouma Echizen from Prince of Tennis. His catchphrase is ‘Mada Mada Dane’ and he repeats it an awful lot throughout the series. However, the sheer nature of a catchphrase is that you EXPECT to hear it a lot. Ending sentences with certain words: If you have a character that ends their sentences with the same word repeatedly, this doesn’t get the broken record tag. Instead you need to look at possibly giving the character the Verbal Tic tag instead. Limited Vocabulary: Characters with a very limited vocabulary – such as those who can only say their name do not get this tag. After all, it’s not as if they choose to abandon all the words in the world in favour of repeating a select few, they just physically cannot say anything else. Brother Complex/Sister Complex: Spoiler 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: Romantic Attachment In the case where a character has a romantic interest in their sibling, they WOULD get for the tag. For example, Belarus from Hetalia DOES qualify for the tag because she exhibits clear, and rather terrifyingly stalkerish behavior towards her brother, Russia, with the intention of becoming his bride. It should be noted that only characters with confirmed romantic attachments should be tagged. If there is no canon indication of romantic attachment, then the character would NOT be tagged, no matter how many fans claim that they are so hot for their brother/sister. There must be definite incestuous intent, and not simply supposition in order to warrant the tag. Over-Protectiveness There are many cases where a sibling may be particularly over-protective of their brother or sister. If the character in question displays behaviour that borders on the obsessive, then they WOULD get the tag. However it should be noted that the drive to protect should be obsessive within the context of the show. For example, the likes of Yasumi from Potemayo who is constantly obsessing over his sister's love life WOULD get the tag, however, while Luffy from One Piece goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his brother, within the context, he does NOT have a brother complex and therefore would NOT get the tag. Bully: Spoiler 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. Butlers: Spoiler 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. Cape: Spoiler 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. Carpenters: Spoiler The Carpenter tag applies to characters who are artisans of woodworking. Whether building furniture, wooden cabins, or trinkets, so long as the character works primarily with wood they WOULD receive the tag. The character doesn't need to be employed as a carpenter, as the tag applies equally to those that take up woodworking as a hobby. Modern construction workers, who show no special skill with wood, do NOT qualify for the tag. Catgirls Spoiler 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. Cats: See Animals. Cellists: See Musicians. Charismatic: Spoiler 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. Cheerleaders: Spoiler The Cheerleader tag applies to characters who are tasked with raising the morale of the audience and players at a sporting event, or compete at cheerleading competitions. While cheerleading often includes dancing, these characters are NOT to be tagged as dancers, as their choreographed performances are contained within this tag alone. This tag can be used for both female and male cheerleaders, and also include members of the ouendan (rooting) squads of Japan. Ouendan squads play the same role as cheerleaders, but they have a different attire, sporting a headband (hachimaki) and a unique coat (happi); and they have different methods of cheering, often using taiko drums and megaphones to make noise, waving around flags and banners, and taunting the opposing team. Cheerleaders are to be tagged with the athlete tag, only if they engage in competitive cheerleading. Simply cheering at a sporting event does NOT warrant the tag. Child Prodigy: Spoiler 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. Children: Spoiler 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. Choker: Spoiler 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. Circlet: Spoiler The Circlet tag pertains to characters who wear jewelry around their head in their default appearance. What the circlet is composed of is of no consequence - so long as it is not made of cloth, as such accessories would be considered headbands. These items can be as thin as a single strand of gold, or as thick as cobblestones, and adorned with any number of jewels or crystals. All types of jewelry, from the common and mundane to the most extravagant and ill-advised, that cover the circumference of the head qualify for the tag. This tag should NOT be placed alongside Headband, Hat, or Crown for the same accessory. Circus Performers: Spoiler The circus performer tag is for characters who are (or in cases where it’s an important part of the story, were) people who perform in the circus. This includes such jobs as animal tamers, clowns, trapeze artists, knife throwers, ringmasters, fire breathers, jugglers, sword eaters, sideshow acts, etc. In order to get the tag the characters should be shown performing in a circus or a circus-like environment at some point throughout the series. So the likes of Trowa from Gundam Wing would qualify as he is shown performing, however the Buggy pirates from One Piece do not count because while they represent various circus performers they at no point actually put on a performance for the purposes of entertainment. If the circus is shown to travel from one location to another, then these characters SHOULD also be tagged with both the Traveling Performer tag, and the Traveler tag. This tag CAN be used alongside the clown tag. Class Representative: Spoiler 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. Closed Eyes: Spoiler 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. Clown: Spoiler 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. Clumsy: Spoiler 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. Combat Illusionist Spoiler The Combat Illusionist tag applies to characters who use illusions as their primary means of doing combat. Since apparitions can be generated through numerous methods, it does not matter from what source of power the hallucinations come. Characters that only occasionally use such images - as well as stage magicians, who use illusions innocently for the enjoyment of others - would NOT qualify for the tag. A good example of this tag would be Itachi from Naruto. Comic Relief Spoiler 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. Company Presidents: Spoiler The Company President tag refers to characters who work for a business, and are tasked with running or managing the corporation at it’s highest level, like Dr. Brief does for Capsule Corp. To qualify for the tag, they must be explicitly referred to as the head of the company. They CANNOT be tagged with Merchant concurrently, but CAN be tagged with Wealthy. Computer Programmers: Spoiler 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. Cooks: Spoiler 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. Cosplayer: Spoiler 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. General Costumes If a character dresses up in a more generalized costume, such as dressing up as a generic devil or a vampire, then they are NOT cosplayers. If the devil, vampire etc happens to be a character from a series (be it real or fictional within the story) then they WOULD get the tag. Maid Cafés Characters that dress up as maids as part of their job at a maid café do NOT qualify for the cosplay tag. The only exception to this is if a character works a cosplay café, those characters WOULD get the tag. Lolita Clothing Characters who wear lolita clothing in general do NOT get the tag. The only exceptions to this are the likes of Kuruneko from Ore no Imouto who cosplay as lolita characters. Forced Dressing Up If a character is forced to dress up in a costume, then they do NOT qualify for the tag. Cosplay is a hobby, and being railroaded into doing something, is clearly not someone participating of their own free will. Frequency of Cosplay There’s no hard and fast rule as to how many times a character should cosplay in order to get the tag. The key is how big a part of the character their cosplaying is. If an individual only cosplays once during the course of the series then they would NOT get the tag, if however they dress up multiple times as part of their hobby then they WOULD get the tag. Disguises Characters who frequently dress up in disguises - such as Team Rocket from Pokemon - do NOT qualify for the tag. Disguises are NOT cosplay. Cowardly: Spoiler 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. Crossdressers: Spoiler 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. Crowns: Spoiler 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. Crybabies: Spoiler 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. Cyborgs: See Androids/Cyborgs/Robots. Dancer: Spoiler 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. Deadly Chef: Spoiler 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: Burnt Food If a character is incapable of cooking any dish without burning it to a crisp, like Tae from Gintama, then they WOULD qualify for the tag. Weird/Scary-Looking Food Does a character regularly produce food that looks like it might eat you before you eat it? Does it have wriggling tentacles and other oddities protruding from the noxious pile on the plate? Is the dish a questionable color (such as deep purple or sickly green) and have ominous stink lines wafting from it? If any of the above apply, it’s likely that the individual in question WOULD get the deadly chef tag. There is however the odd exception to this rule. Mori from Law of Ueki often cooks dishes that look utterly vile complete with tentacles and fish heads, yet her cooking actually tastes good, so she does NOT get the tag. Setting Fire to the Kitchen Any characters that end up setting fire to the room whenever they attempt to cook WOULD get the tag. Even if their food tastes reasonable, if they cause serious smoke damage each time they attempt to make a rice ball, then they’re certainly deadly enough for the deadly chef tag. Vomit-Inducing Dishes Some characters that are worthy of the deadly chef tag create gloriously beautiful banquets that look fit for a king, however their actual flavor is foul enough to floor a Tyrannosaurus-Rex. A prime example of this is Himeiji from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu whose boxed lunches for Akihisa look delectable, but cause everyone who eats them to keel over on the spot. These types of characters WOULD qualify for the tag. Deities: Spoiler 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) Delinquents: Spoiler 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. Demons: Spoiler 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. Detectives: Spoiler 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: Private Detectives: Those that work as professional private investigators DO get the tag. They are detectives who earn their living solving crimes or mysteries and is a large part of their character, therefore they qualify. This includes those who may be freelance but occasionally work with the police, such as the likes of L from Death Note. Amateur Detectives: Some characters may not work as professional detectives, but spend a large part of their time solving mysteries. These amateur sleuths, which includes the likes of Conan, Genta, and the others from Detective Conan DO qualify for the tag Police Detectives: If a character works for the police and holds the position of detective then they WOULD qualify for the tag, and would also be tagged as police as well. Disciplinary Committee: Spoiler This tag applies to members of the disciplinary committee (sometimes referred to as a school's prefect). Disciplinary committee members are students who have been given partial authority in regulating school policy and enforcing codes of conduct. This tag CAN be used alongside the Student Council tag. Good examples for this tag are Ira Gamagoori from Kill la Kill and Kyoya Hibari from Reborn! Dinosaurs: Spoiler 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. Disabled: Spoiler If a character has any kind of physical disability then they qualify for this tag. Obviously this includes characters that are paralysed, such as Sylvette Suede from Letter Bee and Nunnally in Code Geass as well as other disabilities such as blindness and deafness - think Tousen from Bleach. Doctors: Spoiler The doctors tag is relatively simple and should be used in the following ways: Medical Doctors: This is the most straightforward and simple application of this tag. If the character is a medical doctor, they get the tag. They could be surgeons such as Black Jack or Tenma from Monster, or just local practitioners who run their own clinic like Isshin Kurosaki from Bleach. Their skill or position make no difference in this case. Medics/Healers: Often certain anime will have characters that may not be traditional doctors per se, however they are trained medics or healers. This includes the likes of Tsunade and Shizune from Naruto as well as the likes of Unohana and the rest of Squad Four in Bleach - these characters DO get the tag. However, this doesn’t extend to every single character with the ability to heal. To qualify for the tag, characters should have had medical training and be a designated healer. Therefore the likes of Orihime from Bleach do NOT get the tag, since while she CAN heal, she’s had no actual training and she isn’t really the assigned medic of the group. Veterinarians: Any characters who are vets WOULD qualify for the tag as they are technically medical doctors, though they specialise in animals rather than humans. Nurses: If a character is a nurse they do NOT get the tag. While they may have medical knowledge, they are not doctors, and they should instead get the nurses tag. Scientists: There are a handful of characters that are known as Dr. Something who aren’t medical doctors. Instead they may well be scientists. Characters like these - such as Dr. Brief from Dragonball DO NOT get the tag. Dogs: See Animals. Dolls: Spoiler 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. Dragons: Spoiler 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. Dreadlocks: Spoiler A simple tag, if the character in question has dreadlocks then they DO get the tag. Note: the dreadlocks in question could be more standard like Sid from Soul Eater or braided like Tousen from Bleach. Drummers: See Musicians. Dual Wielders: Spoiler The Dual Wielder tag is for characters who regularly or always fight with two weapons at once. It doesn’t matter whether the weapons are guns or swords, if a character uses two of them such as Ukitake and Kyoraku from Bleach then they WOULD get the tag. It should also be noted that the weapons do not have to match in order to achieve the Dual Wielder tag. Whether gun and sword or axe and lance, if the character fights with a weapon in each hand, then they WOULD get the tag. Characters who only pick up a second weapon once would NOT get the tag. Likewise characters that use more than two weapons, such as Zoro and Hachi from One Piece also would NOT get the tag. Dual Wielders, if applicable, SHOULD also be tagged with their individual weapon tags (Gunslinger, Sword Fighter, etc). However, if they dual wield various weapons of multiple types, they would just get weapon master, rather than all the weapon tags themselves. Elderly: Spoiler 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: Spoiler 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. Elves: Spoiler 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. Epic Eyebrows: Spoiler 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. Size: Size is possibly the easiest way to distinguish an epic eyebrow from those regular boring ones. If a character has seriously massive eyebrows, the sort that are either really thick - see Lee and Gai from Naruto - or genuinely long old-man type eyebrows that venture outside the confines of the face or simply hang down, like Yamamoto from Bleach, then they get the tag. Also, when considering size, it’s also worth bearing in mind the gender of the character in question. Some eyebrows may be bushy, but if on a male character wouldn’t really stand out too much. However, pop those caterpillar-esque brows on a girl and all of a sudden they seem weirdly epic. Sumi from Amaenaideyo! is an ideal example of this and to a slightly lesser extent, so is Mugi from K-On!. Shape: The other way of qualifying for being an epic eyebrow is to have some rather odd shaped topiary growing above your eyes. From the more mundane monobrow (see Gaimon from One Piece) to the plain odd (for example Zack from Law of Ueki and even the likes of Sanji’s spiral offering), if it’s a bit out of the ordinary, the chances are that it’ll qualify. Again, gender can play a role with this category. A prime example of this comes from Gundam Wing. Both Treize and Dorothy have the same sort of shaped eyebrows, however only Dorothy gets the tag. This is because by nature of being a girl - where smaller more regular eyebrows are expected - these slightly odd-shapped offerings look far more weird on her than they do on Treize. They’re not quite bizarre enough in shape to qualify on their own, but on a female, they stick out a lot more and therefore seem epic. Eternal Optimist: Spoiler The eternal optimist tag is for those characters who always have a sunny disposition, always 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: Kafuka from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - In a series filled with negativity, Kafuka always puts a positive spin on everything. In her eternally optimistic eyes, when people hang themselves, they are simply trying to make themselves taller. Noloty from Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra - Noloty always tries to see the good in people, even at risk to herself and whole-heartedly believes in them. She believes that she can befriend those who seem to have no interest in getting to know her and it never seems to cross her mind that people may not be all they seem. Therefore she gets the tag. Tohru from Fruits Basket - She may be poor, she may be an orphan, she may be living in a tent, but Tohru is always chipper and upbeat. Not even a landslide burying her canvas home can get this girl down. And to top it all off, she never complains, and is always more worried about others than herself. She is essentially the epitome of being eternally optimistic. Luffy from One Piece - While he can occasionally give in to more negative emotions in extreme circumstances he is generally a ridiculously positive force. He has extreme confidence that he will achieve his goals even when those around him believe it to be impossible and he never worries that he may not succeed. For these reasons the likes of Luffy DO get the tag. Exorcists: Spoiler 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. Explosives Expert: Spoiler The Explosives Expert tag pertains to characters who use explosive devices or rocket launchers as their primary weapon. Whether the character utilizes remote C4 charges, mines, dynamite, grenades, rockets, or a completely unique form of explosives does not matter, so long as the character either places them beforehand or wields them. Pilots who drop bombs via airplanes, mecha pilots who primarily use explosives in combat, as well as individuals with superpowers that are able to turn items/people into bombs do NOT count for this tag. A character setting a trap, such as a tripwire bomb, once or twice is not sufficient for the tag, as the character needs to use explosives frequently and predominantly to receive the tag. If a character uses explosives as well as guns, they CAN be tagged with gunslinger as well as demolitionist; however, characters that would receive both are NOT eligible for Weapon Master. Eye Patches: Spoiler 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. Face Markings: Spoiler This tag should be used for characters that have distinct facial markings that are NOT tattoos. It should NOT be used for moles, birthmarks, regular makeup, or scars, but is more for the likes of the marks on Kiba’s face from Naruto. The tag should also NOT be used for characters with full facial makeup such as Kumadori from One Piece. Also the face markings should be part of the character’s normal appearance, if they have markings due to a transformation or for a special occasion then they would NOT get the tag. Facial Hair: Spoiler 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. Fairies: Spoiler 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. Farmer: Spoiler 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 Fatale: Spoiler 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. Feudal Retainers: Spoiler The Feudal Retainer tag pertains to characters which are vassals to a liege-lord. This position is normally exclusive to the Feudal era of Japan, as in most other time periods/places the roles of vassals are taken up by nobles and servants, titles which do not properly apply to retainers. These characters will often be explicitly referenced as retainers, and the role is sometimes given to characters who are from a long line of vassals which have served the lord’s family for generations. This tag CANNOT be used alongside Nobility, Butler, or Maid. Flamboyant: Spoiler The flamboyant tag is for characters that are excessively camp in their demeanor. 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. Flirts: Spoiler 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. Flutists: See Musician. Food: Spoiler Much more of a niche tag, if a character is a food product - such as the Peeled Shrimp from Tentai Senshi Sunred or Dogtato-kun - then they get it. People who dress up in food-based costumes do NOT qualify. Foreigners: Spoiler 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. Fortune Tellers: Spoiler The Fortune Teller tag pertains to characters who appear to be able to tell the future of others. Whether or not the character is successful in this endeavor is irrelevant, as this tag covers both legitimate fortune tellers as well as fakes. Typically, these characters are in possession of some manner of crystal ball or tarot cards with which they are able to perform, or appear to perform, their duties. In relation to legitimate fortune tellers, if they have the innate ability to see into the future, they should also be given the psychic powers tag; however, if they are using some manner of ritual, the magic user tag could be applied. Freckles: Spoiler 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. Frequently-Naked: Spoiler 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. Frogs: See Animals. Fujoshi: Spoiler 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. Gambler: Spoiler 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”. Gangsters: Spoiler 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. Ganguro: Spoiler The Ganguro tag refers to characters who go through great lengths in order to conform to the once popular cultural fad among young Japanese girls of the same name. These characters typically bleach their hair and tan their skin to the point of browning, and tend to cover themselves in gratuitous amounts of makeup. Typically dressed in bright colors (most specifically pink), ganguro characters also usually wear beads, facial ornaments, and platform shoes. While overly tan characters might provide stark contrast from the rest of the cast, such characters must be visibly immersed in ganguro culture to warrant the tag. Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual: Spoiler 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: Confirmation One of the biggest and most important things to bear in mind when using these tags is confirmation. The sexuality tags should only be used on characters who are either flat out specified as being homosexual or bisexual, or who are clearly designed to be that way. For example many could argue that Sasuke and Naruto are clearly hot for each other, however, they are not designed to be so, they are simply intended to be close friends therefore they do NOT get the tag. Obviously being in a relationship confirms a homosexual preference, however, the likes of Chizuru from Bleach also qualifies for the lesbian tag due to her consistent and blatant lusting after Orihime. Consent This is a big one, particularly when it comes to shounen-ai or yaoi series. For a character to get any of these sexuality tags they must consent to any homosexual behaviour that comes their way. Any characters on the... uhh... “receiving” end of unwanted homosexual relations would NOT be tagged with Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual, unless they were known to be of that preference beforehand. For example. If a straight man is raped by a gay character, he would NOT be tagged as gay. However, if a gay character falls foul of another gay character then he WOULD get the tag since he was already gay before the incident. Gay for One Person There are some instances where a heterosexual character is only interested in one specific person of the same sex, and has ZERO attraction to the rest of their gender. In this case the character would NOT be tagged with gay or lesbian but instead would be considered for bisexual. Reluctance In many yaoi and yuri series, there is one party who is reluctant to enter into a homosexual relationship. In these cases the character often only “gives in” to their feelings towards the end of the series. If this is the case, then they should NOT be tagged with any of the sexuality tags since they spend the majority of the series resisting rather than practicing. A prime example of this is Junjou Romantica. Misaki resists a relationship with Usagi for a long, long time, hence why Usagi has the gay tag, but Misaki does not (however, the seme and uke tags are applicable since that’s more a trope within yaoi fandom). Relationships A character does NOT need to be in a relationship in order to qualify for the tag. As long as they display clear romantic and/or sexual attraction to someone of the same gender - such as unrequited love or rampant lusting - then they WOULD be eligible for one of the sexuality tags - depending on which is most appropriate. Crossdressing/Body Switches/Transgender There may be some series where someone crossdresses and ends up in a flirtation or relationship with someone of the same gender as their “disguise”. Likewise there may be times when a character undergoes a body switch (be it by choice - transgender - or forcefully through some fluke piece of magic) and becomes a different gender only to end up involved with someone of their original sex. These cases are extremely problematic as there are several arguments for giving the parties involved the sexuality tags or not. When stumbling upon situations such as these, we would NOT tag the person who has undergone the change at all. Also we would likely NOT tag the other party involved either, unless compelling argument is made. Essentially, these should be taken on a case-by-case basis. Now for some more specifics in relation to the individual tags. Gay This tag should be used for MALE characters only. A character should only be tagged with gay if he is attracted to other men and ONLY other men. If the character in question is attracted to both men AND women, then he should be tagged with bisexual instead. Lesbian This tag should be used for FEMALE characters only. A character should only be tagged with gay if she is attracted to other women and ONLY other women. If the character in question is attracted to both men AND women, then she should be tagged with bisexual instead. Bisexual The bisexual tag can be used on both men and women, and should only be used on those characters who display romantic or sexual attraction to BOTH genders. The main way that this could get tricky is if a character “turns” gay during the course of the series. Making the distinction between a character who likes both men and women, but happens to be wholly focused on same gender for the majority of the show, and a character who has been in relationships with the opposite gender and then realizes that they’re homosexual can be tough. While likely edge scenarios, these should all be looked at on a case by case basis, but the general rule would be: if they realize that they’re homosexual and have no further interest in the opposite sex, then they would be either gay or lesbian. If they are still open to the other gender but just happen to be in a same sex relationship then they WOULD get the bisexual tag. It should also be noted that when it comes to gay characters, the seme and uke tags may also be appropriate to use. Genetically Engineered: Spoiler 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. Ghosts: Spoiler 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. Giants: Spoiler Characters who get this tag are, to some degree, huge in size. Their natural height should be exceedingly outside the range of a normal human or whatever species the Giant most resembles. Giants may be a race or oversized beings, may look monstrous, or might be a human who was mutated to a colossal size. It should also be noted that among Giants as a species, there are notable size differences. With that in mind, the Short Stature and Abnormally Tall tags CAN be used in tandem. Refer to their guidelines on how to apply them compared to the average height of a character. An example of this would be the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan. While the Titans themselves are Giants, they have an average height range of 4-15 meters in height. However, the Colossal Titan towers above them all with a whopping 60 meters. Glasses: Spoiler 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. God Complex: Spoiler 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. Goggles: Spoiler 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?! Gothic Lolita: Spoiler 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. Guitarists: See Musicians. Gunslingers: Spoiler 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: Primary Weapon: To qualify for the gunslinger tag, the character in question MUST use a gun as their main or only weapon. If someone uses a variety of different weapons, one of which just so happens to be a gun, then they don’t get the tag. For example, Jigen from Lupin III only ever uses his trusty magnum when faced with some kind of enemy. Skill: To get the gunslinger tag, the character in question should have some kind of skill with the firearm. If they happen to pick up a gun and flail it about a bit with no particular aim or ability, then they do NOT get the tag. The only time that this wouldn’t apply is if the character goes on a learning curve and starts out as a flaily waste of space, but progresses to become skilled. Obviously the more skill displayed - be it total accuracy or a flashy display of awesomeness - the more pertinent the tag; so if someone puts on a good display with their favourite firearm that is a pretty good indication that they should get the tag. Importance/Frequency: To get the gunslinger tag, the person’s use of a gun should be somewhat important to their character. This means that the use of their gun could be part of their job - such as the case for snipers, or the Bees from Letter Bee, or it could be that the character in question has a deep love of firearms - see the likes of Forte from Galaxy Angel and her collection of guns, and Giroro from Keroro Gunsou who spends his free time polishing his weaponry. Working alongside the importance side of things is the frequency of gun usage. If a character only pulls out their pistol once or twice in a series then the likelihood is that their use of guns is not enough to warrant the tag - unless the one or two incidences are particularly spectacular/massively important to the plot. Choice: The character’s use of a gun should be a personal choice or else they would NOT qualify for the tag. For example, many soldiers or police officers may be given guns as standard kit, and even if they use these weapons with skill, that does NOT make them gunslingers, since they are only using what they’ve been given. Now if a soldier has gone off and gotten himself a nice shiny personalised gun, then that demonstrates that he has chosen that weapon, thus he possibly WOULD qualify for the tag. 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. Gynophobia: See Androphobia/Gynophobia. Hackers: Spoiler 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. Hair Antenna: Spoiler 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. Hair Buns: Spoiler The Hair Buns tag applies to characters who wear their hair in an odango fashion, keeping it tied into tightly wound buns. Regardless of whether or not the character has the majority of their hair tied in a bun, chooses to cover the buns, or keeps their hair in two buns on both sides of their head, so long as the character has a significant portion of their hair bundled into a ball they qualify for the tag. This tag will primarily be used on female character, though male characters are by no means forbidden from getting the tag. Fumika from Mahou Sensei Negima is a prime example of characters that warrant this tag. Half-Breeds: Spoiler 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. Hats: Spoiler 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: Traditional Hats: All standard hats such as baseball caps, beanies, fedoras, chef’s hats, berets, stetsons, top hats etc. all qualify for the hat tag. Even if the headgear in question is a weird shape - see Makarov from Fairy Tail for an example - they still get the hat tag. Bandanas: Characters who wear bandanas on their heads do NOT get this tag; instead they get the bandana tag. Helmets: If a character wears a helmet they do NOT qualify for this tag. There is a helmet tag for this specific use. Crowns and Circlets: Crowns and circlets are also NOT applicable for the hat tag. Instead, use the crown or circlet tag for these characters. Turbans: There are a few characters who wear turbans, such as Agni from Kuroshitsuji or Mr. Popo from Dragon Ball, while not something that occurs a lot, those with turbans do NOT qualify for the hat tag. Use the Turban tag instead. Headbands: Spoiler 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: Alice Bands: Any characters that wear alice bands, such as Ayumi from Detective Conan and Aiko from Magical Pokan get the headbands tag. Sweat Bands: This may not always occur a lot, but for any active characters that wear sweatbands on their foreheads, such as Apachai from History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi, the tag should be applied. Forehead Protectors: If a character wears any kind of forehead protector then they get the tag. This basically covers the entire cast of Naruto and the likes of Baron from Law of Ueki. Decorative Headbands: More of a rarity, but some characters wear more decorative headbands, often this is more the case for nobles such as Duke Damiya from Kemono no Souja Erin but also covers the likes of Carmen from One Piece. Headphones: Spoiler 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. Heavy Drinkers: Spoiler 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. Helmets: Spoiler 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. Heterochromia: Spoiler This tag should be applied to characters who have eyes of different colors. Characters who wear colored eye lenses are eligible too if worn consistently. 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: Spoiler 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. High Stakes Game Masters: Spoiler High Stakes Game Masters have some element of control over players in the game, either as the game’s creator, or as a referee. Game creators are those who designed the high stakes game. They generally don’t participate in the game, and usually have some sort of agenda for why they’ve created it. Examples include Takanohashi from Btooom! and Deus ex Machina from Mirai Nikki. If the game maker is playing the game and their identity is a secret to the audience, it’s considered to be a spoiler and the character should NOT be tagged. Game referees are those who don’t participate in the high stakes game, but guide the players as to what they need to do next or inflict punishment on rule breakers. Examples include Koyemshi from Bokurano and Monokuma from Dangan Ronpa. Hikikomori: Spoiler 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: Hikikomori vs. NEET: OK, this is the trickiest aspect of the hikikomori tag as while both hikikomoris and NEETs are different, they can overlap. NEET simply means “Not in Employment Education or Training” and on its own has nothing to do with being a shut in, but in many cases being a hikikomori can be the cause of becoming a NEET. Once this distinction between the two is clear, it’s pretty easy to tell whether a NEET character should get the hikikomori tag or not. If a character is a NEET but has NO PROBLEM leaving the house then they would NOT get the tag. However, if a character is unemployed and not in any kind of education AND refuses to leave the house then they WOULD get the tag. Part-Time Hikikomori: A lot of the time hikikomoris in anime and manga are only shut-ins for a portion of the storyline - maybe because they are “cured” or whatever. In these situations the tag should ONLY be added to those who are hikikomoris at the beginning of the story. Even if the individual in question is “cured” of his shut-in status later on, if they are a confirmed hikikomori at the beginning then they WOULD qualify for the tag. If someone becomes a shut in part way through a story through some kind of trauma then they would NOT get the tag, even if they remain that way for the remainder of the tale, since it is likely that the reason for this is a spoiler. Historical Figures: Spoiler 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. Honorable Fighters: Spoiler 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. Horns: Spoiler This tag is for any character that has horns, such as Lucy from Elfen Lied. This covers standard demon horns, animal horns, and antlers. The only caveat is this tag cannot be used on animals whose horns are naturally occurring. So goats, certain deer, and other normally horned creatures would NOT get the tag. However a horned cat WOULD get the tag, as that is something that isn't standard for the species. Horses: See Animals. Hot-Headed: Spoiler 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. Huge Breasts: Spoiler 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. Hunters: Spoiler The Hunter tag pertains to characters who either hunt animals as their sole source of livelihood, or prey on such creatures for sport. These characters could hunt any manner of game, just so long as they are simply animals, as hunting demons, humans, youkai, monsters, vampires, or any other quarry irregular for a standard hunter would NOT qualify the character for the tag. This tag should NOT be placed on a character also tagged with Bounty Hunter, Assassin, Exorcist, or Onmyouji, unless they so happen to hunt animals as a hobby. Ice Skaters: See Athletes. Idols: Spoiler 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: Cute: The character in question should have a cute appearance. Period. Bubbly Personality: Idols are known for their bubbly persona on stage, so the character in question should be cheerful and friendly while they are performing. They could be as miserable as sin when then spotlight is off of them, but as long as their on-stage personality is light and happy, then they WOULD still get the tag. Legions of Fans: To qualify for the idol tag, the character in question should have legions of loving fans. If these include hoards of drooling otaku, then they should DEFINITELY get the tag! Performance: To get the idol tag, the character in question should be some kind of performer. The most common type of performance is that of those who sing happy flowery j-pop while dancing a little however, some may simply model. What it comes down to though is if they do not perform they do NOT get the tag. The tag does NOT cover those who are simply idolized, or are mascots for a television show. For example, the likes of Pootan from Cromartie High School, while a figure of huge adoration with the general public does NOT qualify for the tag. Likewise, Natori from Natsume Yuujinchou also does NOT get the tag, because while he is a famous actor, idolized by women, he is not like the type of manufactured idol that should get this tag. Idols also should NOT be used for characters who are idolized by their classmates. Even if they have a fan club named after them, they do NOT qualify for the tag unless they happen to be an actual pop idol as well. 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. Inanimate Object: Spoiler 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. Information Broker: Spoiler The Information Broker tag refers to characters who possess a great deal secrets they are willing to share with others, either for a price or for their own amusement. Typically, these characters will be a neutral third party that collects information and sells it to the highest bidder; however, there are numerous cases of these characters acting not for monetary gain, but for personal interest or amusement, such as Izaya from Durarara!!. Simply being a source of knowledge does not qualify a character for this tag, as they have to sufficiently meet the definition of broker as a distributor of information to multiple, often conflicting, parties to receive the tag. Innkeepers: Spoiler This tag is fairly self-explanatory and should be used for characters that hold the position of innkeeper. If the character in question either outright owns property that they run an inn on, or simply manages the inn then they WOULD qualify for the tag - especially if they happen to only go by the name of “Innkeeper”. It should also be noted that it does not matter if the inn in question is small or large, the one in charge of maintaining the building and/or taking care of the customers SHOULD be given the tag. Hotel owners and maintainers, however, would NOT count. Insects: See Animals. Inventors: Spoiler 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. Kansai Dialect: Spoiler 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. Kindergartners: Spoiler The Kindergartner tag pertains to characters enrolled at any private or public kindergarten-style institution. This includes traditional Western kindergartens; Japanese Youchiens or Houchiens; or any similar communal childcare/childrearing institutions. It does NOT apply to children of an appropriate age who are being raised at home, whether they are receiving education or otherwise. This tag SHOULD be used alongside the Child tag. Kitsune: Spoiler A Kitsune is a type of youkai: a mythical creature often bestowed with magical powers or an exceptionally long life. Unlike other types of youkai, Kitsune tend to have fox features or characteristics, such as the legendary nine-tailed fox. Kitsune also often have the ability to shapeshift into human form, and should be cross-tagged if applicable. Knife Fighters: Spoiler 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. Knights: Spoiler 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. Lancers: Spoiler 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. Landlord: Spoiler 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. Lawyer: Spoiler This tag is for any character who works as a lawyer. It doesn’t matter whether they are a prosecutor, defender or solicitor, if they practice the law then they WOULD qualify for the tag. Good examples of lawyer characters are Kazue from Working!! and Phoenix Wright. Lazy: Spoiler 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. Lesbian: See Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual. Lost Memories: Spoiler 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. Magical Familiar: Spoiler The Magical familiar tag refers to characters who are magically contracted or tethered to a master for some reason or purpose. While many master and servant relationships could be considered similar to a familiar contract, the series must take place in a setting with magic for the tag to be applicable. Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Virgo from Fairy Tail are good examples for the tag. Genies, or Djinns, are NOT covered by this tag, as they typically reward the user with wishes for a service, as opposed to serve in a master/slave relationship. Magical Girl: Spoiler 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: Female: This should go without saying but, basically, when it comes to the magical girl tag... no boys allowed! Transformation: All magical girls should have that wonderful moment with the overused transformation sequence. If the character in question does not have all her clothes ceremoniously stripped off and replaced with an awesomely coloured outfit of frilly wonder, then they are NOT a magical girl. Magical Item: Magical girls invariably have some kind of magical item they they wield when they strut their stuff, be it a shiny jewel or a wand. Ideal examples of magical girls are Usagi from Sailor Moon and Nanoha from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. 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 Users: Spoiler 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: Witches/Wizards/Mages: Any characters who are referred to as witches, wizards or mages all get the tag. They use magic and therefore are magic users; most of the cast of Fairy Tail fall under this category. Magical Girls: Magical girls do NOT get the magic user tag. Their magical abilities are already implied through their title, and the two should not be used together. Demons/Deities: In general demons and deities should NOT be tagged with the magic user tag. This is for the simple reason that by nature of being either of these, possessing some kind of supernatural/magical power is implied. However, there are some edge cases where tagging a character with both is appropriate. If a demon or deity utilises magical powers that are OUTSIDE the realms of their demonic or godly powers then they would qualify for the magic user tag; this includes the likes of Loki from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok. Magical Academies: Students at magical academies, such as the likes of Louise and co. from Zero no Tsukaima, DO get the magic user tag. Even if they’re not fully-fledged witches or wizards, if they practice magic, then they get the tag. Youkai: Youkai do NOT get the magic user tag. Even if they have strange powers, they don’t get the tag as their abilities are covered by the youkai tag. Ninjas/Shinigami/Exorcists/Other Powers: Ninjas, Shinigami and Exorcists do NOT get the magic user tag as their various powers do not come under the heading of magic, and any abilities are already covered under their corresponding tags. Likewise the devil’s fruit abilities in One Piece do NOT come under the magic user tag. Magnificent Mustaches: Spoiler 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: Size: This is the main one when it comes to qualifying for the magnificent mustaches tag. If you have a particularly large mustache that covers pretty much your entire lip or more, then you get the tag. When it comes to the size there are three things in particular to look for: Bushiness: If the character in question has a big ol’ bushy mustache then they qualify for the tag. This ranges from the likes of the neater but rather full ‘tache of Barragan from Bleach to the type of mustache that seems to take over the entire face, such as that of Yupa from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Vertical Length: Does the mustache in question hang down quite a lot? If so, then the character DOES get the tag. I refer again to our favourite hairy wonder, Yamamoto from Bleach, to demonstrate a good example of this. Also, in this case the thickness of the ‘tache in question doesn’t matter; for example, the likes of Jyabura from One Piece has a thin offering that hangs down a fair way and he also qualifies for the tag. Horizontal Length: If a character’s mustache extends horizontally beyond their cheeks then they qualify for the tag. As with vertical length, the thickness in question does not affect the application of the tag, so it could be a bushy ‘tache like Whitebeard’s or a more sleek and skinny version, such as Vamp’s from Tentai Senshi Sunred. Shape: If a mustache has a bizarre shape to it - such as the likes of Basque Grand from Fullmetal Alchemist or Zeff from One Piece - then it WOULD qualify for the tag. That being said, this does work in tandem with the idea of size. a particularly small mustache that happens to be in a bizarre shape would NOT qualify, however facial foliage such as Kimihiko from Dai Mahou Touge DOES get the tag because although his mustache is very thin, it is long and extends well beyond his cheeks. 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) Maids: Spoiler 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. Mangaka: Spoiler 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 and/or Artist. In cases where the role isn’t clear, the mangaka tag can be used by itself. Manipulative: Spoiler 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: Intelligence This is possibly the most common ex characters who use their intellect in order to manipulate the situation or people around them. Two of the best examples of this is Light from Death Note and Lelouch from Code Geass whose constant scheming has those around them dancing to whatever tune they desire. Status There are several characters who use their status in order to get what they want. An example of this is Mephisto from Ao no Exorcist. Any individual who uses thei power to manipulate others WOULD qualify for the tag. Femininity Characters who use their feminine wiles in order to get men to do as they please WOULD get the tag. A prime example of this is Nami from One Piece who frequently flirts her way into getting food, or even to get Sanji to do her bidding. Martial Artists: Spoiler 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”. Masked Hero: Spoiler 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: Mask And not just any mask at that, the mask should cover the entire head and have a darkened visor across the eyes. Spandex Suit The heroes in question should wear a full-body spandex outfit. If they don’t then they do NOT qualify for the tag. 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. Masks: Spoiler 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. Masochistic: Spoiler The Masochistic tag should be used for characters who are sexually aroused by pain, verbal abuse, or humiliation. Whether they are pleasured by physical torment or are constantly asking for punishment from a “master”, anyone who welcomes the feeling of discomfort qualifies for the tag. In the case of a character who is a sado-masochist while in combat, the tag is NOT given, as they exhibit battle lust as a response to pain, such as Kenpachi from Bleach; however, if the character also exhibits sexual arousal during battle, they qualify for the tag, but only if this is eminently clear. Mechanics: Spoiler 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. Mecha Pilots: Spoiler The mecha pilot tag is for characters who pilot large armoured suits. This includes the likes of Shinji, Rei and Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion as well as various characters from the Gundam franchise. Mercenaries/Bounty Hunters/Assassins: Spoiler 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: Mercenary: Mercenaries are characters who take on dangerous jobs for their own personal gain rather than through any loyalty to their employer. They may undertake a variety of jobs including armed combat or even straightforward assassination. However, despite the fact that the characters in question may receive jobs where they are required to kill a specific person they would ONLY get the mercenary tag and NOT the assassin tag since they do not specialise in the targeted murder of individuals. A good example of a mercenary character is Bolt Crank from Eat-Man. Bounty Hunter: Unlike mercenaries who earn their living by doing a variety of dangerous jobs, Bounty Hunters are people who make their money purely by capturing criminals and collecting the bounties on their heads. If characters earn their living in this way, such as Spike from Cowboy Bebop, then they should get the bounty hunter tag. Assassin: To qualify for the assassin tag, the character in question must be someone who specialises in killing specifically targeted people. It doesn’t matter if they are part of an organised group (such as the likes of CP9 in One Piece) or if they work freelance, if they kill specific targets for a living then they get the assassin tag. Merchant: Spoiler 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: Shop Owner: If a character owns their own shop, such as Urahara from Bleach, then they DO get the tag as they are selling products. What they sell doesn’t matter, whether they sell groceries or tanks, if they sell a product, they get the tag. Shop Worker: Those individuals that work in a shop but do not own it generally do NOT get the tag. However, if the characters play a larger role in the business than simple salespeople, then they MAY qualify for the tag - for example a manager WOULD get the merchant tag, but a cashier would NOT. Travelling Salesman: Travelling salesmen DO qualify for the tag as while they have no settled shop, they still continue to peddle their wares. This includes the likes of the Medicine Seller from Mononoke and even Ginko from Mushishi who sells cures and medicines as he travels. Cooked Food Stands: Characters who run a cooked food stand where people take the food away WOULD qualify for the tag Restaurant Owner: People who own their own restaurants do NOT qualify for the tag. Although they are selling cooked food much like those on a stand, they are providing a service for diners eating in the restaurant moreso than selling a product. This extends to those who own cafes and bistros. If the customer consumes the product on the premises, then the owner does NOT get the tag. School Festival Stalls: Characters that run stalls during their school festivals do NOT qualify for the tag as they are only doing so as a one-off, they are not doing it as a living. Waiter/Waitress: Characters that are waiters or waitresses do NOT qualify for the tag. They are not selling products per se, simply serving customers with food. Mermaids: Spoiler 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: Spoiler 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. Military: Spoiler The military tag is very simple to use; if a character is a part of any kind of military organization then they get the tag. This tag covers the following: Army Navy/Marine Corps Air Force Royal Guard Also, the organization in question could be entirely fictional or from another world, and it WOULD still qualify. In some cases dealing with Military Police, the Police tag may also be used in conjunction with Military. See Police guidelines for more info. Military Veterans: Spoiler The Military Veteran tag pertains to characters who have spent time serving in the military, but are no longer affiliated with a country’s armed forces. Whether the character retired, went into another profession, or simply deserted from the army is irrelevant, as the tag is solely concerned with prior military service. Lehm, Valmet, and others from Koko's bodyguard group in Jormungand are good examples of who should receive the tag. This tag can NOT be placed alongside the Military tag. Mischievous: Spoiler 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. Models: Spoiler 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. Mohawks: Spoiler 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. Mole: Spoiler 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. Monks: Spoiler The Monk tag pertains to characters that live an ascetic lifestyle as a monk. Characters that qualify for the monk tag will typically reside within a monastery or live in complete isolation in nature. The main determining factor for determining whether or not a character is a monk is whether or not they are referred to as such. While these characters may resemble priests in terms of their religious nature, these characters should NOT be tagged with both professions. Monocle: Spoiler 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. Monsters: Spoiler 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: Pokemon: The clue for this one is in the title, they are Pocket Monsters, thus they qualify for the tag. Digimon: Much like Pokemon, Digimon (or Digital Monsters) by nature of their title, DO get the tag. Superhero Villain Monsters: The likes of various fantastical superhero villains such as the variety of Florsheim monsters from Tentai Senshi Sunred also qualify for the tag. Monster Tamers: Spoiler 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. Muscular: Spoiler 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. Musicians: Spoiler 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: Bassist The Bassist tag is for a person who plays bass guitar, such as Taira from Beck, or upright bass, like Tsutomu Mukae from Sakamichi no Apollon. They do not have to be a member of a band, but they need to be shown playing the bass. Cellist This tag is given to any character who plays the cello. The character in question does not have to be a member of an orchestra; however, they must have been shown playing the cello at least once or twice to qualify for the tag. Drummer This tag is given to anyone who plays the drums. They do not have to be a member of a band, but they need to have been shown playing the drums, or at least holding drumsticks. Flutist This tag is given to any character who plays the flute. The character in question does not have to be a member of an orchestra; however, they must have been shown playing the flute at least once or twice to qualify for the tag. If the instrument utilizes a reed, then the character does NOT qualify for the tag; however, ocarinas DO count. Guitarist The Guitarist tag is for any character who play any kind of guitar EXCEPT the Bass Guitar, who should then get the Bassist tag instead. They do not have to be a member of a band, but they need to be shown playing guitar. Pianist The Pianist tag is for any character that plays piano or any kind of keyboard or synthesizer, as long as said instrument is played like a piano. Meaning that characters that play an Accordion like instrument would NOT get the tag, even-though it has keys like a piano, it is not played the same way. Violinist The Violinist tag is for any character that plays a violin or viola. As long as the instrument is played in the typical fashion that a violinist would use. Meaning that Cellos and other bigger string instruments don't get the tag; however, since fiddle players only differ from violinists in playing style, they WOULD get the tag. Mutes: Spoiler 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.