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Visual Novels are a relatively new medium. They are sometimes categorized as a genre of Video Games, as they are software-based, but given that the relationship ends here, they could also be considered another, independent medium of interactive fiction.

Some of their tropes are shared with Anime, mostly because Visual Novels are one of the three main adaptation sources for them, next to Manga and Light Novels.

Plot Tropes:

These are the unique cornerstones of Visual Novel storytelling that could theoretically happen in any medium, but for certain reasons, this format especially encourages them:


Interactivity Tropes:

These are the tropes that the medium shares with video games, originating from the choices that the player can make during the story:

Adaptation Tropes:

Due to their unique narrative structure, plot, and interactive nature, the adaptions of Visual Novels also have their recognizable quirks:

  • Anime of the Game
    Usually adaptions are focusing on one route, and importing minor parts of other routes into it.
  • Bleached Underpants
    Many anime adaptions can cut out not just the graphical sex scenes, but even the implication of sex, without heavily changing the plot.
  • Visual Novel Shot
    A visual clue about the nature of the original source, in an anime adaption.
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