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    A shonen rival is a character that is usually found in a shonen manga and/or anime.

    Why This Trope Rocks

    1. They function as foils to many shonen protagonists, making them stand out.
    2. They believe in their own independent strengths.
    3. Much like their rivals, they work hard in excelling and enhancing their capabilities.
    4. They receive tons of character development after their losses.
    5. They refuse to give up, no matter what.

    One Bad Quality

    1. Many shonen rivals are known for being egotistical jerks who envy other people but hide it underneath an abrasive attitude, though there can be exceptions.

    Qualifications

    In order to fit the shonen rival archetype, a character must have at least 4 necessary traits.

    Necessary Traits

    • Heroic/Anti-heroic
    • Pursues a big-end goal
    • Naturally talented
    • Arrogant
    • Pragmatic
    • Brooding/Cynical
    • Aloof

    Additional Traits

    • Believes in the power of individual strength
    • Is short-tempered
    • Experiences character growth
    • Has spiky hair/straight hair/unnatural hairstyle
    • Has unnatural haircolor
    • Is an elite/alpha
    • Comes from a privileged background

    Examples

    Anime/Manga/Manhwa/Manhua

    Cartoons & Comics

    Literature

    Live-Action Television and Film

    Video Games

    Web Animation/Comics

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