A while back I took a look at male leads and how boring they are usually only having the personality trait of dead parents but I never took the time to look at female leads as they almost always tend to be very easy to calculate and only ever have two unique traits. The first being the uncanny ability to love a guy that looks like a background character and the second is that they always have an ability of some kind. Being a god, having the ability to shoot lightning, the ability to read minds or all too often the ability to have huge breasts.
It’s only after rewatching a portion of Stein;Gate in English (Great dub by the way) that I’ve noticed there is one other trait which often applies to the female leads and not the male lead because unlike the male leads who have dead parents or abandonment issues the females usually have parents alive and kicking. The problem is that ninety percent of the time they don’t live with these parents for whatever reason. Don’t believe me? Think I’m just making stuff up? How about this then, Christina from Steins;Gate has a father jealous of her scientific work. Maka from Soul Eater has an inferiority complex stemming from her mothers side and an almost tsudere relationship with her overbearing father. Rin from Usagi Drop has a father complex with the man who raised her. Rikka from Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai has dead daddy problems and issues with her mother for no good reason. Sankarea is an anime based solely around daddy issues. I could go on but I think I’ve proven my point and I drew those examples from anime I hold more highly if I started picking from the lower section of my anime list then god only knows how much more of this I could find.
I’m curious as to why this is overdone so much because in all seriousness parents are hardly ever present in anime yet they hold so much influence over anime leads in some cases. Take the currently airing Kotoura-san for example, her mother mentally destroyed her as a child yet she is never even present to take credit for it. Or that girl Shinji from Evangelion, she has some serious daddy issue yet she barely ever sees him.
This trope has only really become big as of the last three or four year, before that anime parents were real people who if necessary were part of the cast for reasons other then being a daddy issue. Don’t you think It’s even more noticeable lately in the harem style anime where nobody does anything but tease? You may not have noticed it but I’m sure you are starting to now.