Stories involve exciting and dramatic scenes.
Stories involve the main character facing a challenge or series of challenges outside of their ordinary life.
Stories depict leading characters that lack the usual heroic qualities. They blur the lines between a protagonist and an antagonist.
Stories are intended to amuse the reader through humour.
Different World (Isekai)
Features a fantastical world that is entered through a portal or some other means, and differs from the real world.
Stories focused on emotional themes and interpersonal relationships.
Stories with a setting of loot-bearing dungeons can also include a theme of the main character being the dungeon itself or controlling it.
Stories that refer to erotic but not abruptly sexual content.
Stories involving magical or supernatural elements.
Stories have a leading female character of any race.
Stories utilising the theme of gender swapping.
Stories depicting the main character in polyamorous and or polygamous relationships.
Stories take place in a setting located in the past.
Stories are intended to inspire feelings of horror or terror in the reader.
Stories where linear progression, such as levels, are main themes of the story. Usually shows status boxes, EXP gain, and other notifications.
Stories containing the use or means of magic (as charms or spells) that have supernatural power over natural forces.
Martial Arts Mecha
Stories that features mechanical innovation, such as robots, cyborgs, androids, and space stations.
Stories that follows an enigmatic setting that requires investigation, logic and deductive reasoning to uncover the mystery.
Stories that has a main character that is not human, whether partially or completely.
OP Main Lead
Stories depict the main character which is unnaturally talented or strong compared to the norm of the setting they are in.
The world has been ruined, and this is the story of the survivors.
Stories focus on the inner thoughts of the characters, including motives, thoughts, and emotions from which plot events result.
Reincarnation utilises a common theme of a person’s life restarting or beginning anew after their death.
A character seeks vengeance against someone who has done harm to them or somebody close to them.
Stories focus on the relationship and romantic love between people.
Focuses on managing cities, castles, or entire worlds. Usually features nobility.
Stories usually place their characters in a setting regarding education and schooling.
Stories focus on science and technology of the future.
Shounen Slice of Life
Stories usually depict snippets or parts of one or more characters' lives, which may or may not be connected to the main plot themselves.
Stories focus on competitive displays of physical or mental prowess.
Stories depict characters that do not rely on pure physical prowess, combat, or clashing, instead depicting tactical and critical thinking.
Stories contain an unnatural element which cannot be found in reality. Common themes include magic, zombies, vampires, werewolves, dragons, and other fae.
Stories that invoke suffering and are intended to provide catharsis, or purging of negative emotion in the audience.
Stories often incorporate technology that simulates a different reality or depict moving a human consciousness entirely into a virtual or digital environment.
War and Military
Stories that focus on war and the military life of soldiers.