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I did not come up with the explanations. It was thanks to others. Just wanted to put it all in one thread. Easier for future reference.

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ScribbleHub List of All Tag Definitions
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Abandoned ChildrenAs the tag suggests, this is to be used ONLY when the protagonist is an abandoned child, meaning child who is thrown away at an early age, willingly or unwillingly. This should have some impact on the story, and it is preferable to use this tag if the protagonist being abandoned is known early on in the story. Please note that the child can only be the protagonist.
Ability StealTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series has the ability to steal the 'skills' (definition may vary based on novel) of other characters/things. If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if the stealing ability is a prominent ability of one of them.
Absent ParentsThis tag is not to be confused with Abandoned Child and Adopted Protagonist. Absent Parents indicates that the parents of the protagonist are absent for most part of the series, indicating that they are still alive, the protagonist knows them and probably knows where they are, and they more or less have a cordial relationship.
Abusive CharactersThis tag is to be used when characters in the story frequently abuse the main protagonist. This tag is NOT to be used when the abuse isn't a big part of the story and just something that happened a few times.
AcademyOnly to be used when the school is considered to be prestigious in reference to the story. Do not use this for schools famous for battle. Please refer to the [Battle Academy] tag.
Accelerated GrowthThis tag is to be used to indicate a sudden growth of the protagonist. This growth takes place in a short period of time, and often is a one time growth. Growth can be in maturity or age.
ActingThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is an actor/actress. This tag can be used to both describe the profession as well as the setting.
Adopted ChildrenThis tag is to be used ONLY when the protagonist adopts a child(children) during the course of the plot. Please note that adopting this child to become the 'master' of the child is not to be considered under this tag. Please refer to Master-Disciple Relationship.
Adopted ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is known to be an adopted child from the beginning of the story. Or else, the part that he/she is adopted should play a big role in the plot. It is recommended not to use this tag, if the fact that the protagonist is an adopted child is discovered in the later part of the series, as it will become a major spoiler.
AdulteryAdultery refers to a person taking part in a sexual relationship with someone else, even though the person is married. This tag is typically to be used when the love interest of a male protagonist is married, but still takes part in sexual relationship with the protagonist. It can also be used when the male partner is guilty.
AdventurersJust as it suggests, this tag is to be used when either the protagonist or some other SIGNIFICANT character is an adventurer. Typically, they are also part of some adventurers’ guild.
AffairAn affair is a sexual relationship, romantic friendship, or passionate attachment between two people without the attached person's significant other knowing.
Age ProgressionRefers to the protagonist growing older as the story progresses. Please note that this refers to their external age showing them to be older, as opposed to the million year old cultivators who still look young in some series. The story should cover the life of the protagonist as he/she grows old.
Age RegressionThis tag refers to a plot device that causes the protagonist to grow younger instead of getting older. This doesn’t mean he or she goes back to be a child, it just means they have regained their youth.
Aggressive CharactersThis tag is to be used when characters in the story are aggressive, usually meant in the sexually sense.
AlchemyIn addition to the traditional metal to gold processes, alchemy tag can also be used to denote the existence of procedures to create magical materials such as potions, pills etc. Typically, these materials are used for healing and in cultivation.
AliensAs the name suggests, this tag is to be used when the story involves aliens. Here, the term alien should be used by the author/translator themselves.
All-Girls SchoolThis tag is to be used if the protagonist studies in a girls only school.This tag is NOT to be used to refer to the ladies only sects mentioned in cultivation novels.
Alternate WorldRefers to the setting of the series. The series takes place in a world similar to our own planet Earth, except there are some differences thus making this world an 'alternate' world. For example, an Earth where the oceans are filled with something other than water or major events that never occur in their timeline.
AmnesiaRefers to the protagonist losing his/her memories due to certain events. This refers to an event which is a plot driven. This tag is to be only used for the protagonist, or love interest.
Amusement ParkThis tag establishes the setting of the story, or a major part of the story. It indicates that the plot takes part in an amusement park. Please note that this tag should not to be used just because some random romantic date takes place in an amusement park. The story genuinely needs to take place in it.
Ancient ChinaThis tag is used to explain the setting of the story. It indicates that the story takes place in an authentic Ancient Chinese environment, meaning that actual ancient figures and kingdoms are involved.
Ancient TimesIndicates that the story takes place in ancient times, but NOT in China. It can be used even if the place is fictional.
Androgynous CharactersThis tag is ONLY to be used when there is a character who can be confused as either a male or a female. The actual gender of the character doesn't matter.
AndroidsThis tag is to be used when the story in question contains Androids, and Android is a robot in the form of a human being, usually having their own personality as well.
AngelsThis tag is to be used only when the series contains a set of characters/a single character who is termed an Angel. This should be according to the traditional definition of an angel. To be used only if the author uses the term Angel.
Animal CharacteristicsThis tag is to be used when there are characters in the story that aren't fully human, instead are part human part animal. One example would be Cat girls.
Animal RearingTypically this tag is to be used when either the protagonist or some other significant character is involved in animal husbandry/animal rearing. This tag may also be used if the creatures reared are not traditional animals (cattle), but they still serve the same purpose.
Anti-MagicThis tag is to be used if the protagonist has a special power/trains in a technique that is essentially anti-magic, meaning that it nullifies any and all magic. It is recommended to use this tag only when the protagonist has it,though a major character having it is also acceptable.
Anti-social ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the Protagonist of the story (whether male or female) exhibits the traits of the Antisocial personality disorder.
Antihero ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the main Protagonist is an antihero, an antihero is a protagonist who lacks conventional heroic qualities such as idealism, courage, or morality
Antique ShopThis tag is to be used only when the protagonist either owns an antique shop, or is shown to patronize it. Don’t use this tag if the antique shop has no significance in the plot. It should at least be the setting for a single plot point.
Apartment LifeTypically, a Slice of Life setting. This tag is to be used if the protagonist lives in an apartment, and the story showcases life as it goes on in the apartment. This might be a sub plot.
Apathetic ProtagonistThis tag should be used when the character hardly shows any emotional reaction to any event that happens on their surrounding, either because the protagonist hides their feelings or is devoid of them.
ApocalypseThis tag is to be used when the story takes place in an apocalyptic type setting.
Appearance ChangesTag is to be used when the main protagonist experiences drastic appearance changes compared to how s/he was at the start of the story.
Appearance Different from Actual AgeThis tag is to be used if the appearance of the protagonist ONLY is different from their actual age. This tag can be used to describe the protagonist of a cultivation novel who doesn’t age despite being very old, though it is not recommended as it can become a very generic tag. Best to use this tag only if the fact that the appearance is different from actual age is actually used in the story. Please note that the age mentioned is physical age, and NOT mental age. That might come under the Mature Protagonist tag.
ArcheryThis tag is to be used ONLY when one of the protagonist, the antagonist or love interest of the protagonist is involved in archery. This tag was formerly under the bow wielder tag,which has been removed. A prerequisite for the addition of this tag is that who ever uses the bow should have some basic archery skills, and should not depend on some magical powers of the bow to fight.
AristocracyTag is to be used when the novel features an aristocracy, the aristocracy is a social class that a particular social order considers the highest of that society.
Arms DealersThis tag is to be used when main protagonist interacts with arms dealers on a frequent basis. It should NOT be used when the protagonist simply buys weapons from arms dealers a few times and should ONLY be used if the arms dealers are vital parts of the story frequently mentioned and used by the Author.
ArmyThis tag is to be used when the protagonist either owns, or is a part of an army. Here, army refers to a group of soldiers who fight for an individual (typically the protagonist). The hierarchy is often blurred when it comes to positions. Generally, to be used when the protagonist has an army at his/her beck and call. Not to be confused with Military.
Army BuildingThis tag should be used when the main protagonist builds his own army in the story.
Arranged MarriageTag is to be used when the protagonist is part of an arranged marriage. An arranged marriage is a marriage that is preset by some elder of the related families. This decision of marriage doesn’t take into consideration the feelings of the concerned couple. Typically, these are just agreements that are fulfilled. Please note that the marriage must go through, or else the Broken Engagement tag should be used.
Arrogant CharactersThis tag should be used when there is a frequent use of characters that have the Arrogance personality traits. It is recommended to use this tag only if at least some of these characters play a significant role in the plot.
Artifact CraftingThis tag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist,typically in a cultivation series, is able to craft artifacts. This tag is NOT to be used if artifacts are a part of the series, but the protagonist is incapable of crafting them in any point of time in the story.
ArtifactsThis tag should be used when the story features and highly regards artifacts, artifacts usually being weapons and other items of past races, or sometimes just enchanted gear. it varies from story to story.
Artificial IntelligenceAn artificial intelligence is a form of intelligence created artificially by other races. In general anything created by someone and has intelligence can be referred to as Artificial Intelligence. However it's mainly used for things like robots.
ArtistsTag should ONLY be used if the profession of 'Artist' is a significant role in the story.DO NOT use tag to describe idol/celebrities/singers. There are other tags for them.
AssassinsTag should only be used when Assassins are vital parts of the story.
AstrologersTag should only be used if the profession of 'Astrologer' is a big part of the story. An Astrologer is a person who uses astrology to tell others about their character or to predict their future.
AutismTag should only be used if characters suffering from Autism are an important part of the story. Autism is a mental condition characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
AutomatonsTag should ONLY be used if the story features frequent use of Automations. An Automaton is a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being.
Average-looking ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the protagonist(s) is/are average-looking. The author MUST describe the protagonist to be average-looking. If no description is given regarding the looks, then no tags regarding the appearance of protagonist is to be added. Not to be used with: Ugly Protagonist
Awkward ProtagonistTag should be used if the main protagonist is frequently awkward or frequently does awkward things.

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BandsTag should ONLY be used if musical bands are an important part of the story.
Based on a MovieThis tag is to be used only if the novel has been released based on a movie/film. The movie/film can be in any language, provided it is official.
Based on a SongThis tag should ONLY be used if the novel in question is based on an existing song.
Based on a Video GameTag is to be used ONLY if the novel is based on an existing video game. It should NOT be used when the novel is based on a video game, however that video game doesn't actually exist.
Based on a Visual NovelThis tag is to be used when the series in question is based on a Visual Novel (preferably Japanese).
Based on an AnimeThis tag is to be used when the series in question is based on an anime (preferably Japanese). This tag is not to be confused with Adapted From Anime. When the series is adapted, that means that its plotline follows the original anime. However, if it is based on the anime, then it is either just a spin off or is simply taking place in the same setting/world.
Battle AcademyThis tag is to be used when the main protagonist of the story goes to a battle academy, a battle academy is an academy created for the purpose of training students in the art of battle, precise details may vary from story to story.
Battle CompetitionThis tag should be used either if the entirety of the story revolves around a competition, or if the protagonist frequently partakes in this kind of competition, where contestants fight against one another. It should not be used if the competition happens only in a single arc of the story.
BDSMBDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline (or Domination), Sadism, and Masochism. Novels that contain this tag will have sexual practices that fall under this categories.
Beast CompanionsThis tag is used when there is beast as a journey partner contracted or summoned
BeastkinLocked. Propose a definition here: http://forum.novelupdates.com/threads/cleaning-up-tags-on-nu-v2-0.40496/
BeastsThis tag should be used when there is a frequent use of beasts in the story that play a major part, mainly when they are an intelligent threat to other races.
Beautiful CoupleThis tag is to be used when both the lead protagonist and his/her romantic partner are the ideal beautiful pair.
Beautiful Female LeadThis tag is to be used if the female lead of the series is beautiful. The descriptions should be what the author has written, and not what the fans fantasize.
BetrayalThis tag is to be used ONLY when the protagonist is betrayed by someone they trust, typically a significant character. This tag can be used if the protagonist is betrayed by someone prior to the story. This tag can also be used if the protagonist is the one who betrays.
Bickering CoupleThis tag signifies that the main couple (protagonist and love interest) are always bickering. This doesn’t signify disharmony between them, but shows the way their relationship looks for the outside eye.
BiochipA Biochip is a microchip designed or intended to function in a biological environment, especially inside a living organism.
BiographyNo NovelUpdates definition found
Bisexual ProtagonistThe tag is used when the protagonist is bisexual. Tag is to be used only if there is definite romantic affiliations of the protagonist with individuals of both genders (or more).
Black Bellyfùhēi 腹黑 (lit., 'belly black'). Outwardly kind but is actually cruel and a bully. Almost analogous to haraguro, except Chinese works seem to emphasize more on the bullying aspect, especially if it's a guy in a romance (think schoolchildren bullying).
BlackmailTag should be used if the main protagonist either is being blackmailed or is the one doing the blackmailing. Blackmailing the act of getting money from people or forcing them to do something by threatening to tell a secret of theirs or to harm them.
BlacksmithTag should ONLY be used if the proffesion of blacksmith is an important part of the story. A blacksmith is a person that creates things from metal, precise details vary from story to story.
Blind DatesTag should ONLY be used if blind dates are an important part of the story. A blind date is a date where you agree to meet up with someone without knowing anything about them beforehand including how they look like.
Blind ProtagonistThis tag is to be used if the protagonist is blind. Note that this tag can be used even if the protagonist is blind initially and then recovers sight. However, this tag is not to be used if the protagonist becomes blind at some point in the story and then recovers their sight, unless a significant part of the story involves the protagonist being blind.
Blood ManipulationThis tag should be used if the protagonist is capable of using either some magic or martial technique which manipulates/controls blood. This tag should NOT be used if the manipulation relates to the oppression caused by superior bloodlines on inferior ones.
BloodlinesThis tag should be used if either the protagonist or some other relevant character carries some special bloodline, the bloodlines of dragons, phoenixes etc.
Body SwapTag should ONLY be used if body swapping is an important part of the story. Body swapping is the act of switching out of your body into somebody elses, everything apart from the body comes with you when you switch including your memories.
Body TemperingA tag that is typically used only for Chinese cultivation novels. Body tempering refers to the protagonist going through some cultivation process to temper/strengthen the body. It is recommended to use this tag only when the physical prowess of the protagonist lets him/her do miraculous things.
Body-doubleThis tag should ONLY be used if the main protagonist has and frequently interacts with his/her Body double. A Body double is a person that substitutes for another person, usually done to royalty so that it's harder to assasinate them.
BodyguardsTag should only be used if the Profession of 'Bodyguard' is an important part of the story. A bodyguard is a person or group of persons employed to guard an individual from bodily harm.
BooksTag should ONLY be used if Books are an important part of the story.
BookwormTag should ONLY be used if the main protagonist is a Bookworm. A Bookworm is a term used for a person devoted to reading.
Boss-Subordinate RelationshipThis tag indicates the setting of the story. Either the boss or the subordinate should be the protagonist. However, both of them should have have significant roles. Or, their relationship should be a major part of the plot.
BrainwashingThis tag should ONLY be used if the main Protagonist suffered from brainwashing or if brainwashing is an otherwise important part to the story.
Broken EngagementAs the name suggests, this tag is to be used when the story contains an incidents when an engagement is broken. This engagement is typically originally made by elders and not the couple. To use this tag, one of the engaged individuals must be the protagonist.
Brother ComplexThis tag should ONLY be used if the sibling(s), whether older or younger, of the male protagonist idolizes (not necessarily romantically) them to a borderline unhealthy degree. Said sibing(s) want nothing more than the happiness and well-being of their brother but they also have a tendency to be easily jealous when their brother has suitors.
BrotherhoodTag should ONLY be used if the story includes frequent acts of Brotherhood. Brotherhood is a friendship unlike any other, built out of respect and love, will always have each others backs.
BuddhismTag should ONLY be used if Buddhism is an important part of the story. Buddhism is a religion, holding that life is full of suffering caused by desire and that the way to end this suffering is through enlightenment that enables one to halt the endless sequence of births and deaths to which one is otherwise subject.
BullyingBullying is the act of using superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
Business ManagementTag should ONLY be used if the main protagonist owns a business or business management is an otherwise important part of the story.
BusinessmenTag should ONLY be used if the main protagonist is a Businessman, or if Businessmen are an otherwise important part to the story.
ButlersTag should ONLY be used if Butlers are an important part of the story. A butler is a man usually assigned to either the rich or nobility as a servant of sorts. Details on what a butler can or cannot do vary from story to story.

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Calm ProtagonistThis tag is used when the protagonist is able to remain calm in difficult and dangerous situation.
CannibalismCannibalism is the practice of eating the flesh of one's own species(Not exclusive to humans). Novels tagged with this will contain such a scene(s)
Card GamesTag should ONLY be used if card games are an important part of the story. Card games are games played using cards, details vary from story to story.
Carefree ProtagonistThis tag describes the personality of the protagonist, referring to the protagonist being someone who is relaxed and nonchalant. The protagonist is expected to not get stressed or care about little issues, but instead takes them in strides. This type of behavior is expected to be shown by the protagonist for a major part of the story, and not just on a couple of occasions.
Caring ProtagonistTag should be used when the protagonist cares a lot about a number of people that can vary from many to one.
Cautious ProtagonistThis tag is used to define a Protagonist who is extremely careful in their actions and often makes a 'plan', a 'backup plan A' and a 'backup plan B' etc.
CelebritiesA famous or well-known person.
Character GrowthThis tag should be used when the protagonist grows mentally during the story. The protagonist can grow in various ways like by changing his ideals or by strengthening them but he must grow in a way, such that by the end of the series the protagonist looks like a completely different person.
Charismatic ProtagonistThis tag is used to describe a protagonist who is very charismatic (exercising a compelling charm that inspires devotion in others) throughout the duration of the novel.
Charming ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the protagonist of a series is shown to be a charming individual, and if people actively get impacted by this charm. This tag is not to be confused with the Charismatic Protagonist tag.
Chat RoomsThis tag is to be used to indicate the setting of the story. As the name suggests, the major part of the story should revolve around an online chatroom and its members.
CheatsThis tag should be used only if the protagonist has something that sets them apart from the other characters, such as special knowledge, a unique item or ability. Common examples are: Knowledge from a past life, Mana Pool 100 times bigger than everyone else's, a unique game item that breaks the system's rules.
ChefsThis tag should be ONLY used when the protagonist or another one's main occupation is a chef. Story is specifically focus on cooking in detail.
Child AbuseThis tag is to be used when the story shows children getting abused. Preferably this child should be the protagonist or some other significant character. Here, Child Abuse is not to be used when the parent/teacher hits the child during mentoring, but only to a certain extent. Sexual Abuse of a child should also be listed under this tag. It is recommended not to use this tag for Chinese cultivation novels.
Child ProtagonistThe protagonist is a child. Only apply this tag if the protagonist is a child for a significant part (chapter-wise) of the novel.
ChildcareTag should be used when taking care of children plays an important part in the story.
Childhood FriendsThis tag is ONLY to be used when a prominent character has a relationship (in any form) with someone who they were friends with during their childhood.
Childhood LoveTag should be used when the protagonist or an important figure fell in love during childhood and the fact plays an important part in the story.
Childhood PromiseTag should be used when the protagonist or an important figure in the story makes a promise during childhood that plays an important part in the story.
Childish Protagonistwhere the Main character acts native and innocent, or in better terms like a child. And this trait is used to explain/show why the Main character acts/thinks as they do.
ChuunibyouChuunibyou, also known as Eight Grade Syndrome. A chuunibyou refers to a person with certain delusional behavior, such as believing one has special powers, pretending to be a made-up fantasy character, etc. Only use this tag when the protagonist or a sufficiently important character shows this behavior.
Clan BuildingThe following tag is to used when there is sufficiently important focus in the administration, specially raising or building, of a clan.
ClassicClassics are writings that have some level of significance culturally, historically, socially, and such. May also refer to writings that have been prominent despite their time of origin. Subjective term.
Clever ProtagonistThis tag is used to define a protagonist who is very smart, witty, and bright and can easily pick up new things.
Clingy LoverThis tag is used to describe a lover (either male or female) who acts extremely emotionally dependent and expresses an unwillingness to be separated from their counterpart.
ClonesTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series can make clones or has clones (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if having clones or making clones is a prominent feature of one of them.
ClubsTag should be used when clubs play an important part in the story.
Clumsy Love InterestsAs the name suggests, this tag is to be used if the love interest(s) of protagonist is/are shown to be clumsy. This tag can be used either when them being clumsy has a direct impact on the plot, or if their clumsiness becomes a running gag.
Co-workersThis tag is to be used in novels that usually features a workplace-like setting where there are many events where the main character interacts with his/her colleagues, for job and/or non-job purposes.
CohabitationRefers to the concept of the protagonist living in a house with other characters typically of the opposite gender. They might even be involved in a romantic relationship, but there is no legal relationship between them of husband and wife.
Cold Love InterestsThis tag is used to define love interests whose attitude and personality is cold. They often have trouble and/or dislike communicating with others and are often described as 'expressionless', 'scary', or are likened an 'ice cube'.
Cold ProtagonistLocked. Propose a definition here: http://forum.novelupdates.com/threads/cleaning-up-tags-on-nu-v2-0.40496/
Collection of Short StoriesThis tag is to be used for novels with more than one oneshot/short story in its original RAW. The stories may or may not be connected to each other. This tag should not be confused with Oneshot tag or Short Story tag.
College/UniversityThis tag indicates the setting of the story. As it suggests, the story should take place in a college or university for either the entire series or fr the major part of the series. Typically, this tag is to be used only for series set in a modern world. Please note that series with cultivators going to a sect/academy are NOT to be included under this tag. They are entirely different settings.
ComaThe tag is to be used when one (or more) prominent character(s) has or has been in a coma. For a novel to have this tag, the coma must be an important part of the story.
Comedic UndertoneThis tag is used to define novels which, although not obvious, possess comedic qualities. These qualities usually lie beneath the surface of the novel.
Coming of AgeThis tag is to be used if the main character will encounter his/her 'coming of age' event, as defined by the standards of the novel's world setting.
Complex Family RelationshipsThis novel is used to describe novels in which the family relationships of a prominent character are complex. This character may have abnormal, strange or tangled relationships with his family. Novels with this tag are usually set in a large clan.
Conditional PowerPowers that require a price or requirement that allows it to be invoked.
Confident ProtagonistStories with protagonists who are confident in their own skills or plans.
ConfinementNo definition found.
Conflicting LoyaltiesNo definition found.
ConspiraciesNo NovelUpdates definition found
ContractsThis tag is to be used when binding agreements, be they written, oral or otherwise, hold an important role within the novel.
CookingTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series can cook (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if cooking is a prominent feature of one of them.
CorruptionLocked. Propose a definition here: http://forum.novelupdates.com/threads/cleaning-up-tags-on-nu-v2-0.40496/
Cosmic WarsUsually involves wars and conflicts on a galaxy-wide scale, multiple planets may be involved.
CosplayPeople dressing up as characters from any fictional material. May also involve acing like them during the duration of the cosplay to increase
Couple GrowthUsed when the the main protagonist and his/her significant other grow into their relationship together and their love grows stronger as time progresses. Not used to describe growth in strength.
Court OfficialThe MC is employed at a court, or is a government official.
Cousinschildren of brothers or sisters
Cowardly ProtagonistThis tag is used when the protagonist lacks courage and is excessively afraid in the face of conflict or challenge, whether physical or verbal. This tag should not be confused with Timid Protagonist tag.
CraftingCrafting plays a prominent part in novels that display this tag. Crafting is the action of a character using raw materials (or in rare cases old objects) to create a new object, with the object usually being some kind of tool or medicine. Examples of this process include forging, pill creation or, any other inanimate forms of craft, for example; dolls.
Crazy ProtagonistNo NovelUpdates definition found
CrimeThis tag is used to describe novels which prominently feature crimes, whether performed by the protagonist or otherwise. Novels with this tag usually involve the police, unsolved crimes and/or criminals.
CriminalsCharacters engage in acts that are illegal or may be perceived or interpreted as harmful to others.
Cross-dressingThis tag is to be used when the protagonist dresses as one of the opposite gender to act like someone of the opposite gender. At heart, the protagonist is imitating the opposite gender. The body of the protagonist does not become that of the opposite gender, but the protagonist is acting like the opposite gender.
CrossoverThis tag is only to be used when the story is a mix between two or more different original series. An example is Kingdom Hearts.
Cruel CharactersNo definition found.
CryostasisThis tag is to be used if one or more characters is in prolonged life-preserving hibernation, voluntary or otherwise, followed by waking up decades/centuries/millennias in the future and finding the world around them has changed. This tag is not limited to hibernation due to being cryopreserved.
CultivationThis tag is to be used preferably only for Chinese novels. Cultivation refers to the protagonist trying to acquire immortality and/or supreme power by the accumulation and usage of Qi. This tag is typical of the Xianxia genre.
Cunning ProtagonistThis tag is used to describe a protagonist who is very cunning. They often schemes/plots throughout the novel and rarely suffers a loss. Different from the Intelligent/Smart tags, the Cunning tag is to be used when the schemes/plots often cause physical/mental harm to opponents. It is recommended not to use this tag along with the Strategist tag.
Curious ProtagonistNo definition found.
CursesIf you would like to write a definition for this tag go here: https://forum.novelupdates.com/threads/cleaning-up-tags-on-nu-v2-0.40496/
Cute ChildrenThis tag should be used when the story has relevant children in it, and the children generally give a heartwarming feeling. Do take note that if the protagonist is the only child involved, the Child Protagonist tag should be used instead.
Cute ProtagonistThis tag should be used when the main character gives off a cute or heartwarming feeling.
Cute StoryN/A
CyberpunkNo NovelUpdates definition found

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DancersNo definition found.
Dao CompanionA Dao Companion is another way of saying spouse, except in only certain cases. This tag is to be used only when the author themselves uses the term Dao Companion to refer to spouses.
Dao ComprehensionThis tag is used in novel usually where there is cultivation. Dao Comprehension is the understanding of the dao; like the way of sword or saber etc
DaoismNo definition found.
DarkWhere the world of the novel is depicted by the author in a negative and cruel light.
Dead ProtagonistThis tag should be used when the protagonist is no longer living, this usually means that the protagonist is telling the story as a ghost. The tag should not be used if the protagonist dies during the story.
Deathused when the loss of life plays a big role in the story or the protagonist change in mindset.
Death of Loved OnesThis tag denotes a novel in which one or more of a character's (typically the main character) family members, friends, or lovers dies.
DebtsThis tag should be used if the protagonist has a monetary debt with someone, and this constantly affects the actions and decisions made by the protagonist. It should not be used if the debt is only a part of a small arc of the story.
DelinquentsNo definition found.
DelusionsNo definition found.
Demi-HumansIndividuals who are part animal, part human.
Demon LordDemons with great power. Generally an established position or sovereignty over other demons. Usually in opposition against heroes and humanity in general.
Demonic Cultivation TechniqueAs the name indicates, this tag is to be used if the protagonist of a series take practices a demonic cultivation technique. This is an extension of the Cultivation tag, and the 'Demonic' part of the tag is to be only used if the author/translator themselves refer to it as such. It is recommended to use this tag ONLY when the protagonist himself/herself follows this path.
DemonsBeings that possess human like appearance, but are of another race other than human and usually possess strength greater than a regular human. Sometimes shown as an evil or a race that's good at dark arts in fantasy, and others as beast that have surpassed a certain level of cultivation in xiaxia and xuanhuan.
Dense ProtagonistThis tag is used to describe a protagonist who is 'under-equipped' in terms of emotional intelligence. This usually applies towards romantic relationships, however, it can stretch towards platonic ones as well. The protagonist is often oblivious to feelings that are directed towards them and sometimes doesn't realize them at all.
Depictions of CrueltyThis tag suggests the presence of scenes in the story which have descriptions of graphic/gory content, and reader discretion is thus advised. The target of this cruelty is irrelevant,as long as such scenes can be expected on regularly.
DepressionThis tag is only to be used when depression is a prominent aspect of the story, with either the protagonist themselves or other important characters displaying the symptoms of depression.
DestinyTag is to be used ONLY if everything that happens around the protagonist can't be attributed to luck or coincidence.
DetectivesWhere the main character or the theme of detectives or detective work is a major part of the story. Detective work includes solve mysteries and/or where they investigate and gather evidence to prosecute somebody.
Determined ProtagonistFor protagonist who are resolute
Devoted Love InterestsWhere one of the characters in a relationship remains in love with the other, despite various circumstances or/and obstacles that get in the way. can be mental (like social status and other similar circumstances) or physical(like distance)
Different Social StatusWhere the main character and one of the lead/major characters of the story interact with each other, athough they having differing position in society. and is a prevailing theme in the story. E.g rich and poor, or loner and popular
DisabilitiesThis tag is used when a Main Character, or at least someone important for the novel has a disability, i.e: The main female lead is deaf/blind/an amputee.
DiscriminationWhere in the world of the story, there exist isolating/bullying of races/indivials that are different from others around them. And effects the stoy in someway.
DisfigurementNo definition found.
Dishonest ProtagonistWhen the protagonist is intentionally misleading others for personal benefit.
Distrustful ProtagonistNo definition found.
DivinationAbility to gain foresight for a situation through a ritual. Usually involves an intermediate such as water, hands, fire, the dead, electricity, etc. Tends to use the suffix -mantia in words such as necromancy.
Divine ProtectionIntervention by a deity or god that prevents or reduces harm to an entity or place. Generally occurs as a passively as a blessing or actively as a miracle.
DivorceN/A
DoctorsThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is a doctor, or has very high medical skills. A doctor is expected to heal and cure people by standard practices using medicines, potions and other such scientific or pseudo-scientific methods. Usage of magic relates to the Healers tag.
Dolls/PuppetsThis tag is to be used when the series contains several instances of dolls or puppets influencing the plot. These dolls or puppets are expected to be inanimate objects, and if they are used in battles or other such instances, they MUST be controlled by someone. If they are sentient, then they are expected to be classed under the Automaton tag.
Domestic AffairsArt and science of administration of government.
Doting Love InterestsThis tag is to be used when the love interests spoil the protagonist for the majority of the story.
Doting Older SiblingsThis tag should be used ONLY if the main character has one or more sibling(s) older than him that likes to dote on him.
Doting ParentsNo definition found.
Dragon RidersThis tag is to be used ONLY when one of the main aspects of the story is dragon riding.
Dragon Slayerswhere a major character, usually the Main character slays a dragon and is know for this act, or plays a major part of the story.
DragonsSerpentine entities that usually possess immense power. Traits vary greatly depending on folklore but all share the trait of being long-lived.
DreamsWhere dreams, whether being in them or the messages they contain play a major part in the story or world the character live in. E.G. the MC gains knowledge he otherwise wouldn't have from a dream or if what happens in the dream the MC has affects real life.
DrugsTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series can make drugs or is using drugs (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if making or using drugs is a prominent feature of one of them.
DruidsSomeone with the power to commune with and manipulate nature. Powers usually include the ability to control plants, communicate with animals, and transform into an animal or plant form.
Dungeon MasterMajor character(s), not necessarily the main character, assume the role of a dungeon master. Dungeon master is a character that owned a dungeon, and is different from a dungeon guardian whose role is more readily attuned to dungeon's administration tasks.
DungeonsThis tag is to be used to describe the setting of the story. Tag signifies that a major portion of the story revolves around dungeons. Or, a major plot point takes place connected to dungeons in a story that can be otherwise considered to be unrelated to dungeons.
Dwarvesfantasy race that are characterised as short and muscular. genrally depicted as good at forging and crafting.
Dystopiawhere due to society/government in the novel, there are rules or issues that make the people of that world live in a more degraded environment than modern society.

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e-SportsNo definition found.
Early RomanceThe romance aspect of this novel, involving the main character, already apparent very early in the storyline, usually in the first 50 chapters for Chinese novels, or 10 chapters for Korean and Japanese novels.
Earth InvasionThis tag is to be only used when the plot of the story involves the Earth being invaded. Please note that this invasion of the Earth should take place during the storyline.
Easy Going LifeRequire 'Slice of Life' tag. The main character, or the majority of the inhabitants in the novel's world setting, lead a peaceful and uneventful life.
EconomicsTag should be used if the storyline has major economic-related themes in it.
EditorsNo definition found.
Eidetic MemoryEidetic Memory is the ability to recall images with vividness bordering on actual visual perception which is also known as photographic memory. Novels tagged with this should perferably contain an MC who has Eidetic Memory.
Elderly ProtagonistThe main character is old enough to have grand-children.
Elemental MagicMagic that involves an aspect of nature. Classical elements are fire, water, earth, and air. Other elements sometimes considered are wood, metal, void, light, aether, holy, darkness, life, time, heart, space, etc. depending on the setting.
ElvesThis tag is to be used if the Elven race exist within the story and an Elve is either the protagonist or either one of his companions/friends/Lovers
Emotionally Weak ProtagonistWhere due to the personality or mindset of the protagonist, they suffer serious damage if thing don't go as they expect it to or if others criticise them for their actions
EmpiresThe storyline of the novel must involve an empire, or several of them. Main character must have significant interaction or relationship with one, such as being a citizen of one, being in a conflict with one or more et. al.
Enemies Become AlliesTag to be used when an enemy of the main character becomes their ally.
Enemies Become LoversTag to be used when sometime in the storyline, an enemy of the main character eventually become his or her lover.
Engagementwhere due to the setting of the novel, the protagonist is engaged to another. And that engagement becomes a major plot point or feature through the novel.
EngineerThis tag is used if the main character is an accredited engineer by trade, either in the main character's current life or in the past if the storyline dictates it. Main character's engineering knowledge must play significant role in the storyline.
EnlightenmentWhere due to a mental breakthrough, the protagonist becomes stronger in some sense, whether physically, mentally or spiritually
EpisodicThis tag is for novels that have sections which can be considered an arc or episode. One episode/arc can be a few chapters to around 15 chapters.
EunuchIndicates a person who has been castrated for most notably serving a court's women. This tag can either be applied to the MC or a supporting character.
European AmbienceNovels whose setting is set in europe or fictional europe. This novel includes facts, cultures, places, and people that are same or similar to the real life europe in any specific period of time/era.
Evil GodsTag that denotes Gods that do not follow the common ideology of maintaining the world like normal Gods. Their preface is to either take over the world, end the world, or destroy the current God's pantheon.
Evil OrganizationsNo definition found.
Evil ProtagonistWhere the Main character is interested in his own self benefit or pleasure and doesn't care about their moral stance to get what they want.
Evil Religionswhere theres a evil cult like group that plays a major role in the story, can be against or with protagonist.
EvolutionAbility for an entity to metamorphose into another form and acquiring new traits or abilities. Generally requiring conditions or situations to be met.
ExhibitionismSexual acts in public.
ExorcismNo definition found.
Eye PowersThis tag is to be used if the protagonist has an significant eye-related skills or abilities which are very important to the story as a whole and were used quite often.

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FairiesTag is to be used when protagonist or characters that play a major role throughout the story is of fairy race.
Fallen AngelsNo definition found.
Fallen NobilityN/A
Familial LoveTag is to be used if the main character has positive relationships with members of his immediate family.
FamiliarsThis tag is to be used when beings that do their summoner's / master's biddings play a major role in the story.
FamilyNo definition found.
Family BusinessNo definition found.
Family ConflictTag is to be used if the storyline prominently feature the main character having a feud/conflict/disagreements with members of his immediate or extended family. Feuds with members of other family branch(es) of the same clan doesn't count.
Famous ParentsNo definition found.
Famous ProtagonistTag is to be used only when the main protagonist is well known by a large section of society.
FanaticismThis tag is used if characters involved in the novel have a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal or with an obsessive enthusiasm towards the protagonist.
Fantasy CreaturesThis tag is to be used when the setting of the novel has fantasy creatures in it such as minotaurs, unicorns or golems. These creatures MUST appear frequently or play some significant role in the plot, instead of just existing in the setting. This tag must be accompanied by Fantasy genre.
Fantasy WorldAny novel that takes place in a world where there is magic, elves, demons, and other common fantasy elements can have this tag listed.
FarmingThis tag is to only be used if the story involve Farming plants.
Fast CultivationThis tag is to be used when the story has a protagonist who increases his cultivation level at a faster pace than the commonly accepted speed in the story.
Fast LearnerThis tag can only be used if the main character of the story has the capability to quickly understand, learn, and effectively adapt to his/her current situation, including but not limited to the stories who have tags like Reincarnation, Transported Into Another World, Transmigration, Special Abilities, and Game Elements.
Fat ProtagonistThis story is to be used when the protagonist is fat (not necessarily obese) for the most part of the story. This tag can alsobbe used if the protagonist being fat is a major plot in the story.
Fat to FitMain Protagonist starts as a fat person but along the story the protagonist slims down
Fated LoversNo definition found.
Fearless ProtagonistNo definition found.
Female MasterTag refers to the protagonist having a female master. Please note that a master is different from a teacher. A master is someone you are apprenticed to. Unless the author calls said master as ‘master’, she will be considered just as a teacher.
Female ProtagonistIf the protagonist of the series is female, then this tag is to be used. By protagonist, it refers to the leading/main character. Not to be used with: Male Protagonist
Female to MaleThis tag is used when a female character becomes a male character (physically), and this character influences the plot sufficiently or is the protagonist. Usually paired with the genre Gender Bender.
Feng ShuiThis tag is to be used if the story either contains references, or directly involves Fengshui. Fengshui is the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. Please note that the above mentioned references should have some influence on the plot.
FirearmsThis tag is used when guns or barreled weapons that discharge shots play a significant role in the major part of the story.
First LoveNo definition found.
First-time IntercourseLoss of virginity, either consensual or not. Mainly used in R18 novels.
FlashbacksNo definition found.
Fleet BattlesNo definition found.
FolkloreNo definition found.
Forced into a RelationshipNo definition found.
Forced Living ArrangementsNo definition found.
Forced MarriageThe protagonist of the story is forced into a marriage without their consent or will. But, this is not to be used for the Arranged Marriage(there is a separate tag). Here, it is one of the couple that is getting married that is forcing the other.
Forgetful ProtagonistThis tag is to be used if the protagonist is absent-minded. Basically, is very forgetful. This tag, unlike the Amnesia tag, is to be used to describe the character/personality of the protagonist. If the forgetfulness is due to a medical condition, then the Amnesia tag is recommended.
Former HeroTag is only to be used when the protagonist of the story was a former hero. Tag can be used even if the protagonist goes back to being a hero later in the series. However, the protagonist should not be a hero at the start.
Fourth WallNo NovelUpdates definition found
Fox SpiritsMajor characters, not necessarily the main character, takes form of a spirit fox.
Friends Become EnemiesWhere due to outside circumstances or a unexpected factor the protagonist and the antagonist/rival/enemy would have to work together to overcome the crisis. the team up could be permanent or temporary. but should be used in order to deepen the plot or flesh out the 2 characters. another reason could also be for fan service.
FriendshipThis tag is used when the bond between the protagonist and his companions plays a big role on how the story develops.
FujoshiFujoshi (腐女子, lit.
FutanariThis tag is to be used when the body of the protagonist (or any other character who influences the plot) contains both the male and female reproductive organs.
Futuristic SettingThe novel's storyline takes part in a high-tech future world, not necessarily our world.

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GalgeGal games is a major component of this novel. It could be as a world setting, or as a major plot device in a real-world world setting.
GamblingTag to be used when there is a significant amount of gambling elements in the storyline here. Gambling in this context refers to the usual gambling fares such as blackjack, Texas Hold Em' and mahjong. Betting is compulsory.
Game ElementsProtagonist has a status screen or something similar to it.
Game Ranking SystemThis tag is to be used when the story revolves around games and there is a ranking system involved as part of the plot. The protagonist must be actively involved with the ranking system whether by choice or by automatic recordings of achievements.
GamersNo definition found.
GangsNo definition found.
Gate to Another WorldThis tag is used only if there is a way by which characters of the novel travel between worlds.
Genderless ProtagonistTo be used when the protagonist has no particular gender. This does not refer to story not confirming the gender, but the story confirming the non-existence of gender for the protagonist.
GeneralsThis tag is used if characters involved in the novel hold the position of commander of an army. The character should have significant importance in the novel.
Genetic ModificationsThis tag is to be used ONLY if it is explicitly shown that the protagonist has gone through genetic modification. The exact term used by the author may be different. It can also be used if Genetic Modification plays a key role in the plot. Note that Genetic Modification is NOT the same as a change in bloodlines, for which the bloodlines tag is recommended. Also, a change in the being of the protagonist caused by body cultivation is not recommended to be used under this tag.
GeniesThis tag indicates that genies related to the concept of magic/wish granting beings is an important plot point/story setting. Please note that these are NOT Automatons or any other martial spirits which grant wishes.
Genius ProtagonistWhen the protagonist of a novel is considered a genius, either as mentioned by the narrator, or the people surrounding them.
GhostsThis tag is to be used Only when there are the presence of ghost(s) in the story, as a plot device of some importance to the plot.
GladiatorsThis tag is to be used when major characters, not necessarily the main character(s), is a gladiator in the style of Rome's gladiators. Also applies if there is a lot of them in the storyline.
Glasses-wearing Love InterestsThis tag indicates a particular trait of a love interest, namely, the love interest having to wear glasses. And this is supposed to be used by the author to either show it as a character trait, or some other kind of plot device.
Glasses-wearing ProtagonistThis tag indicates a particular trait of the protagonist, namely, the protagonist having to wear glasses. And this is supposed to be used by the author to either show it as a character trait, or some other kind of plot device.
GoblinsTag is to be used if either 1). Main character or other major characters is a goblin, or 2). Goblins are prominent in the novel's world setting.
God ProtagonistThe main character is a supernatural entity with enough personal power to be considered omniscient. Power level varies greatly (from the 'god of wind' kind of god to the 'one and only' type of god).
God-human RelationshipWhere the main character is one of the 2 stated in the tag. the relationship could be as basic as friendship to something deeper such as love. this tag should be used if the relationship between the 2 status play a important role in the story.
GoddessesTag should be used when there are a number of goddesses in major or minor character roles in the storyline. Attention should be paid on the number of goddesses, because quantity is important. If there are only one to three goddesses in the storyline, this tag should not be applied.
Godly PowersWhere the Main character or others in the story have powers that are so strong that they could rival gods. Doesn't have to actually come from a god.
GodsThis tag is to be used when the series takes place in a world where the existence of God(s) is confirmed, and they take part actively in the plot.
GolemsThis tag suggests thee presence of Golems in plot important roles in the story. A Golem can be said to be an anthropomorphic creature that is made up of inanimate materials like clay, rocks etc. This is not to be confused with the Automatons tag. Also, the usage of the Golems tag will depend on the term used by the author.
GoreBlood that has been shed, especially as a result of violence.
Grave KeepersWhere the main character or a important member of the cast has the occupation of a grave keeper or the notion or activites associated with grave keeping are important to the novel.
GrindingThis is a tag that is to be used ONLY in series set in a game world. Grinding refers to the action of repeatedly doing the same thing to get experience/points or other such benefits in the game world. This tag is to be used if the plot progression includes multiple scenes with a grinding theme.
Guardian RelationshipNo definition found.
GuildsA group of people have come together due to similar interests, often used as a controlling mechanism.
GunfightersThis tag is used if major characters, not necessarily the main character, use small firearms as primary weapons in battles.

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HackersNo definition found.
Half-human ProtagonistNo definition found.
HandjobAn act of male masturbation, especially as performed on a man by someone else.
Handsome Male LeadThis tag is to be used if the male lead is handsome. The descriptions should be what the author has written, and not what the fans fantasize.
Hard-Working ProtagonistThis tag is to be used to define a protagonist who puts their utmost effort into all tasks, using all their energy and diligence to complete it.
Harem-seeking ProtagonistThis tag denotes a novel where the protagonist seeks out love with multiple women at the same time. A harem typically means 3 or more women
Harsh Trainingwhere the protagonist undergo hellish, body breaking, inhumane traing in order to grow stronger. Must play a major role for the development of the story.
Hated ProtagonistA male Main Character who is not disliked, but outright hated by (almost) everyone in a community.
HealersThis tag is to be used if the protagonist is a healer by profession. A healer can be considered to be a doctor, who uses magical chants and other such skills to heal people. This tag can also be used if healers play a major role in the story.
HealingNo NovelUpdates definition found
HeartwarmingThis is a subtag under the drama genre in general. It suggests that the story induces you to feel warm. In other words, if the story shows families getting together following hardships or other such 'heart-warming' moments, this tag is to be used. It is recommended not to use this tag along with the Cute Story tag, even though they may sound the same.
HeavenNo definition found.
Heavenly TribulationWhere characters in the novel, usually xiaxia or xuanhuan, have to pass a trial/test set by the heavens/natural laws to be qualified to enter the next realm in cultivation. Usually dipicted as a cloud that shoots lighting at the participant.
HellNo definition found.
Helpful ProtagonistNo definition found.
HerbalistNo definition found.
HeroesTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series is a heroe (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if being a heroe is a prominent feature of one of them.
HeterochromiaSomeone with two different eye colors and/or pupil shapes. Must be plot relevant.
Hidden AbilitiesWhere the protagonist of the story hides part of their power or abilities, and the people around them don't know about it(genrally).
Hiding True AbilitiesThis tag is to be used when the protagonist hides their real abilities/powers. Typically, it is to be used when they act weak when they are actually really badass. This tag is to be added only if the protagonist does it for a significant amount of time.
Hiding True IdentityThis tag can be used if the protagonist hides their real identity and uses another identity to interact with people. The real identity is actively hidden by the protagonist. Even if the cover is blown later in the story, this tag can be used.
HikikomoriNo definition found.
HomunculusHistorically a miniature, fully formed human, but Frankenstein is one, too. Basically a human made through alchemy.
Honest ProtagonistTag is to be used when in presence of an extremely straight-forward protagonist.
HospitalNo definition found.
Hot-blooded ProtagonistThis tag is to be used if this novel features a main character that usually acts at his/her whims first before thinking, usually in an overexcited or overzealous or overly passionate manner.
Human Experimentationwhere the use of humans as test subjects is depicted in the story and contribute in some way to how the story develops.
Human WeaponNo definition found.
Human-Nonhuman RelationshipIf there is a relationship between a human and an individual who is not human, use this tag.
Humanoid ProtagonistTag is to be used when the main protagonist is not a human, but has a humanoid appearance/shape
HuntersThis tag is used if the hunting profession is prominent in the novel's storyline and/or world setting. Hunting in this context refers to hunting for something alive (e.g. orc, goblins, humans et. al.), treasure hunting did not count. The main character doesn't have to be a hunter, or the hunted.
HypnotismNo definition found.

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Identity CrisisThis tag is to be used with reference to the protagonist, if the protagonist goes through an identity crisis during the progress of the story in a plot specific manner. An identity crisis here might refer to a confusion in the actual identity (for example, due to the memories of someone else getting jumbled up with yours), a confusion in whether you are a human or another organism or a confusion pertaining to gender etc.
Imaginary FriendThis tag should be used ONLY if the protagonist of the story has an imaginary friend who plays a large role in the story.
ImmortalsThis tag is used if the novel features a character class/group of people/race that are called 'Immortals'. Most importantly, the 'Immortal' term is defined within the context of the novel's world setting, and not ours (for example, the immortals in 'I Shall Seal the Heavens' did not have immortality; they simply has long lifespan and will still die of old age).
Imperial HaremThe master of the harem must be royalty and the storyline has to take place in or around the royalty's palace(s).
IncestTag is to be used when Romantic or sexual interest, and or interactions, are present between closely blood-related people (2 grades of separation or less).
IncubusMajor character(s), not necessarily the main character, is an incubus.
Indecisive ProtagonistThe main character of this novel has decision-making problems at many junctures of the storyline.
IndustrializationThis tag is used if the main plot of the story was the development of industry in their country or region on a wide scale.
Inferiority ComplexNo definition found.
InheritanceWhere the protagonist gains something precious either treasure or knowledge from someone a lot older and stronger than the protagonist at the time. Usually people/beings of great power and/or from ancient eras long ago.
Inscriptionswhere the main character has the ability to make intricate patterns/shapes one some surface in order to perform feats similar to magic.
InsectsNo definition found.
Interconnected StorylinesNo definition found.
Interdimensional TravelNo definition found.
Introverted ProtagonistNot to be confused with Cold Protagonist or Apathetic Protagonist. Just as the title says, this tag can be used if the protagonist of a series is an introvert.
InvestigationsNo definition found.
InvisibilityNo definition found.

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Jack of All TradesAs the name suggests, this tag is to be used when the protagonist of the series is deemed to be a jack of all trades. This indicates that the protagonist pursues multiple talents, but fails to perfect them for a major part of the series. An alternate tag is the Genius set of tags, but the Jack Of All Trades tag is to be used when the protagonist is not perfect in those talents, as in there is a lot of learning improvement involved. Talents here refers to professions.
JealousyIt is recommended to use this tag only when the protagonist is female. This tag is to be used when the plot heavily leans on other characters being jealous of the female lead, and thus cause events that influence the plot.
JiangshiThis tag is used if the novel prominently features jiangshi (Chinese hopping zombies/undead) character(s). They have to have important roles in the storyline. It is not required for the main character to be one.
Jobless ClassThis tag is only to be used for novels with game elements where the protagonist do not have a specific Class or Job in his Status at some point in the story. It should also play a prominent part in the story. The Status, Class and Job may vary depending on novels. This tag should not be mistaken with stories containing characters lacking an occupation.

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KidnappingsThis tag is to be used if the novel features (a) kidnapping event(s), and that event(s) is important to the storyline.
Kind Love InterestsNo definition found.
Kingdom BuildingThe present tag is reserves for cases when the work in question shows a clear interest/detail in the administration and/or growth of a kingdom, country or similar, even if the MC is not said leader causing such events directly.
KingdomsThis tag is ONLY to be used if having Kingdoms is an important part of the story(Definition may vary from novel to novel).
KnightsTag is to be used if the novel features knights prominently in the storyline. The main character is not required to be one.
KuudereIt is used to describe characters who always remain calm and composed

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Lack of Common SenseWhere the main character of the series has a different/warped sense of values/beliefs from others around him. Doing actions that would be very questionable in the eyes of others.
Language BarrierNo definition found.
Late RomanceThe romance involving the main character starts to develop very late or even after half-way through the story line and sometimes nearing the end, usually after 200-500+ chapters for Chinese novels, or 50-100+ for other novels if its very late or 1000+ chapters for Chinese novels or over 100+ chapters for other novels if the romance starts nearing the end.
LawyersNo definition found.
Lazy ProtagonistNo definition found.
LeadershipThis tag is used if the main character is someone who consistently show leadership qualities in the storyline. Main character being in an official leadership position is not required.
LegendsUsed when a character in the story has powers/achievements so great that only the mc had the chance to surpass.
Level SystemThis tag is used when the characters of the novel improve their abilities/skills/power by leveling up.
LibraryUse ONLY when a library is a central place and an often visited location in the story.
Limited LifespanThis tag suggests that the protagonist of the series is known to have a limited lifespan, and this fact thus causes plot progression. This limited lifespan can be due to some terminal illness/illness or curse.
Living AbroadNo definition found.
Living AloneNo definition found.
LoliThis tag is to be used ONLY when either the protagonist, or one of the love interests of the protagonist is a loli. It is not recommended to use this tag for other characters, no matter how important their role is. A loli is a short girl who looks like a child, no matter how much her real age is.
LonelinessNo definition found.
Loner ProtagonistThis tag is to be added if the protagonist of a series is referred to as a loner by the author. Here, loner refers to someone who is generally not social. Note that this is not the same as Anti-Social Protagonist tag.
Long SeparationsWhere the couple is separated by a long time.
Long-distance RelationshipNo definition found.
Lost CivilizationsNo definition found.
LotteryNo definition found.
Love at First SightThis tag is used when the protagonist or the main love interest feels an instant, extreme, and ultimately long-lasting romantic attraction for their partner upon the first sight of them.
Love Interest Falls in Love FirstNo definition found.
Love RivalsNo definition found.
Love TrianglesNo definition found.
Lovers ReunitedNo definition found.
Low-key ProtagonistN/A
Loyal SubordinatesWhere the protagonist has underlings that have a strong sense faith/devotion to the protagonist.
Lucky ProtagonistUse ONLY when the Protagonist has unusual amounts of luck, either due to plot armor or a trait.

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MagicTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series can use Magic (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if having Magic is a prominent feature of one of them.
Magic BeastsNo definition found.
Magic FormationsAre a set of complex patterns and symbols that can be placed, to produce a effects similar to magic or other superatural abilities in a certain area, usually inside the patterns and symbols. E.G create a barrier or sub-space.
Magical GirlsNo definition found.
Magical Spacea seperate dimension/sub-space that the protagonist and others can enter.
Magical TechnologyMany Technology based Magic inside the story
MaidsFemale attendants that wear maid uniform and complete the duties of a maid and has some relevance to the story.
Male ProtagonistIf the protagonist of the series is male, then this tag is to be used. By protagonist, it refers to the leading/main character. Not to be used with: Female Protagonist
Male to FemaleThe 'Gender Bender' and 'Female Protagonist' tags are required. This tag should be used if the novel's male main character changed gender to female, usually early in the storyline. The transformation must be very hard to reverse, if not being outright impossible to do so.
Male YandereMale Yandere is a yandere that is biologically male in gender. A yandere is a person romantically obsessed with someone to the point of abnormality. In essence, literally
ManagementThis tag is to be used when a main feature of a protagonist's activities include the management of people(for example actors/actresses), companies, property, or land.
MangakaThis tag is to be used ONLY if either the protagonist, or the love interest is a mangaka. Mangaka here refers to both male and female creators of Manga, the Japanese form of comics.
Manipulative CharactersTag is to be used ONLY when either the protagonist, or some other plot significant character manipulates people around them. This manipulation is more of a psychological manipulation rather than manipulation by magic or some other such miraculous powers.
Manly Gay CoupleThis tag is only to be used when the leading couple consists of men both whom can be seen as Seme from first look. This should not be used when the leading Uke has feminine traits or crossdresses. This tag is only to be used with stories that have Shounen Ai or Yaoi genres.
MarriageTo be used if the protagonist gets married at any point of time in the series, due to mutual consent in a romantic manner.
Marriage of ConvenienceThis tag is to be used when a marriage takes place between the protagonist and another person simply for convenience. Note that this marriage is typically decided not by some elders, but by the concerned couple for their own mutual benefit.
Martial SpiritsThis tag is used only to describe a Spirit manifestation that is made of worldly energy and spiritual energy to take shape in the physical world and is generated by a practitioner when cultivating on the martial path. This varies depend on story. The phenomena should involve the protagonist or significant characters of the story.
Masochistic CharactersNo definition found.
Master-Disciple RelationshipThis tag is to be used when the bond between master and disciple plays a significant role in the story. ONLY use when the protagonist is either the master or the disciple. Please note that this tag is NOT the same as the Teacher-Student Relationship tag.
Master-Servant RelationshipThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is involved in a master-servant relationship, whether that be a lord/lady and servant(e.g. maid/butler, knight, etc), owner and slave, or some other relationship in which one of the parties works for another of the parties with or without pay.
MasturbationThis tag is to be used only if either the protagonist or the love interest is described to have masturbated at some point of time in the story.
MatriarchyNo definition found.
Mature ProtagonistNo definition found.
Medical KnowledgeN/A
MedievalNo definition found.
MercenariesEither the main character or a secondary character is a mercenary, someone who complete various missions in order to gain rewards, particularly in wars.
MerchantsNo definition found.
MilitaryThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is a part of a militaristic group. Military is defined to be an organized army that fights for a nation, state, or organisation. Typically, there is a fixed command structure and strict rules.
Mind BreakNo definition found.
Mind ControlThe use of magic, technology, or hypnotism to change and control how someone thinks or acts.
MisandryBy definition, Misandry refers to the negative bias and prejudice against the male gender. The tag Misandry is to be used ONLY when in a female protagonist novel, the protagonist partakes in misandry.
Mismatched CoupleNo definition found.
MisunderstandingsWhere one of the lead characters in a novel misunderstands something about the situation/action of another character or themselves. And continues to do so whether as a gag or ignorance/naivety for a significant part of the novel.
MMORPGMMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. This tag indicates playing 'online multiplayer game' is an important part of the story elements. This tag SHOULD NOT be used for protagonist who are transported/transmigrated/reincarnated into a game world. (as in the game became 'real life' of the protagonist)
Mob ProtagonistTag to be used in a variety of situations where the main character assume the role of a unassuming/unremarkable/side character:- 1. The main character transmigrated/reincarnated into a fictional setting that the main character knews (video games, light novels et. al.), as anyone (a major character, a minor character or even an unknown) but the fictional main character him/herself. 2. The main character transmigrated/reincarnated into a fantasy or parallel world as an extremely ordinary character, such as the member of a lower ranking race of the said fantasy or parallel world. 3. The main character starts right away as an ordinary character of a fictional non-Earth world.
ModelsNo definition found.
Modern DayThis tag is used if the setting of the story is current or near-current Earth. Contrast Futuristic Setting, Ancient Times, Ancient China.
Modern FantasyNo NovelUpdates definition found
Modern KnowledgeThis tag can be used in situations involving one of the leads utilizing modern science, math, politics, or any other recently developed field to give themselves an edge in less advanced civilizations.
Modern TimeNo NovelUpdates definition found
Money GrubberThis is tag is used when main characters involved in novel are aggressively engaged in or preoccupied with making or saving money.
Monster Girlscreatures and other beings of a monster race that gained/have a female form. Doesn't have to apply to the entirety of that race to use this tag. MUST play a role in the story.
Monster SocietyNo definition found.
Monster TamerWhere the Main chacter or large portion of important characters have the ability to turn monsters and other creatures into their allies/pets.
MonstersTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series is a Monster (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if being a Monster(s) is a prominent feature of one of them. Can ALSO be used if there being Monster(s) has a big impact on the story.
MoviesThis refers to the setting of the story. It is recommended to use this as an extension of the Acting tag, to indicate that the protagonist acts in movies. Or, it can be used to indicate that the setting consists of a cinema hall.
MpregThis tag is used when the universe where the story takes place has instances of male pregnancy, be it a rare occurrence or a norm. This tag is also used if there is a situation where a character identified as male in the universe is capable of becoming pregnant. This tag is only used together with Pregnancy tag if the protagonist or his partner is pregnant at some point of the story. If the pregnant male is not the protagonist or his partner, do not attach Pregnancy tag together with Mpreg tag.
Multiple IdentitiesNo definition found.
Multiple PersonalitiesNo definition found.
Multiple POVThis tag is used if the storyline is being told/narrated through the viewpoints of multiple characters, not necessarily including the main character him/herself.
Multiple ProtagonistsIf a series has more than one protagonist, then this tag is to be used. This could include a rival who gets equal screen time, or multiple points of view. Also if in a series both the male and female leads are to be considered as protagonists, then this tag is to be used.
Multiple RealmsThis tag is used if there exists different realms other than the one which protagonist rises from.
Multiple Reincarnated IndividualsThis tag is used if there are other reincarnated people besides the protagonists.
Multiple TimelinesThis tag is to be used to denote the existence of multiple timelines in the story. These timelines are expected to intersect at some point during plot progression. Different from the Time Travel tag, this tag is to be used ONLY when both the time lines get equal, or sufficient screen time simultaneously, or whatever format the author employs.
Multiple Transported IndividualsThis tag is used if there are other transported people besides the protagonists.
MurdersNo definition found.
MusicThe Music tag is to be used if music is an important part of the story, whether it be such that the protagonist/important character is a musician or the style of writing includes music regularly in the story.
Mutated Creatureswhere creatures are changed in someway by a external force (radiation/magic/humans/aliens) to behave and/or look differently from how it was originally. Most common would be zombie-like creatures or hybrids.
MutationsNo definition found.
Mute CharacterNo definition found.
Mysterious Family BackgroundWhere the protagonist has parents/family that play a major role in the story, but the protagonist doesn't know about it yet or is trying to find out.
Mysterious IllnessThis tag is to be used when either the protagonist or the love interest suffers from a mysterious illness. This illness may be cured later on.
Mysterious PastWhere the protagonist has a past that either the readers and protagonist don't know or a past that the protagonist doesn't want to talk about. might or might not play a huge role in the story.
Mystery SolvingNo definition found.
Mythical BeastsTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series is a Mythical Beast (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if being a Mythical Beast is a prominent feature of one of them.
MythologyNo definition found.

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Naive ProtagonistThis tag is only to be used when the protagonist shows lack of wisdom or judgement for particular situations. But the naivety must play a major part of the novel and is a significant indication of their character. Not to be confused with 'Indecisive Protagonist'.
Narcissistic ProtagonistNo definition found.
NationalismUsed when the story deliberately vilifies foreign nations and their people, while glorifying their own country.
Near-Death ExperienceThis tag is NOT recommended to be used for a cultivation or reincarnation/transmigration novel,unless a special explanation can be given. As the name suggests, this tag is to be used ONLY when the protagonist goes through a near death experience either before or during the course of the plot. This experience is expected to be a significant plot point which changes the outlook of the protagonist.
NecromancerThis tag is to be used if the protagonist is a necromancer by profession, or if necromancers are an important part of the story. A necromancer is a magician/sorcerer who specializes in magic related to death, and the recreation of dead beings.
NeetThis tag is used if the novel's major characters, not necessarily the main character only, are NEET (Not in Employment, Educational ot Training) characters.
NetorareThe protagonist or a love interest of the protagonist enters into a physical relationship with a third party and comes to prefer the third party over time, consequently either cheating or breaking up the original coupling. If the protagonist is the one doing the seducing, use
NetoraseThe protagonist or a love interest of the protagonist encourages their partner to cheat on him/her, either by asking their partner or by having a third party seduce or rape their partner. The intention behind it may range anywhere from a fetish to childmaking (when there's issues in that regard for the original couple). If the party left out is not supportive or if the involved party is unwilling at the start but comes to like the situation, use
NetoriThe protagonist forces a love interest who is already in a relationship with a third party into a physical relationship, and the love interest comes to like it over time, thus either cheating or breaking up with their original partner. If the protagonist is the one having their partner seduced, use
NightmaresNo definition found.
NinjasTag is to be used if this novel major characters, not necessarily the main character only, has ninja as their occupation.
NoblesThe protagonist or another character has a distinct title given from the highest power, granting one some kind of authority when given. Nobles are usually individuals who have some influence in the government or have bought the title through means of wealth.
Non-human ProtagonistNo NovelUpdates definition found
Non-humanoid ProtagonistThis tag should be used if the main character is not a conventional human.
Non-linear StorytellingThis tag refers to the writing style where the progression of the story takes place in a non linear fashion, with events from different times in the time line being written in a jumbled format to generally increase the mystery elements. This tag is different from the flash back tag, in the sense that the sudden non linearity can be due to a future event suddenly being brought up, and not just a past event.
NudityThis tag is to be used if the story contains instances of nudity. This nudity is meant to be in a sexual way. This tag doesn't include bare chested cultivators/fighters and stuff like that.
NursesThis tag is related to, but not necessarily specific to, erotic/smut series. To be used if one of the sexual partners of the protagonist is a nurse. Or if the protagonist is a nurse himself/herself.

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Obsessive LoveNo definition found.
Office RomanceNo definition found.
Older Love InterestsAs it suggests, the love interests of the protagonist have to be older than the protagonist. However, it is only used when the age difference is quite significant, and either the physical/mental aspects of this difference gets some screen time.
OmegaverseThis tag is to be used if the story takes place in the alternate universe where the characters have another gender (alphas/betas/omegas) aside from male/female. The omegas may get pregnant whether they are male or female.
OneshotThis tag is only to be used for novels with one chapter that consists of its beginning and its ending in its RAW form, even if the translators decide to separate the oneshot into parts. This tag should not be confused with Short Story tag or Collection of Short Stories tag.
Online RomanceWhen the couple develops feelings for each other without meeting in person, through interactions over the internet or inside an online game, etc. While it is okay for them to meet in person, they must have already developed romantic feelings for each other before meeting for it be considered Online Romance.
OnmyoujiThis tag is to be used if the novel features character(s) that has the 'onmyouji' (Japanese exorcists/priests) profession. The main character does not have to be one.
OrcsThe Orc is a common fantasy race or monster, often described as burly with violent or warrior like tenacious. Some versions of the Orc have pig like facial features, though they almost always have tusks, or large protruding lower canines. Orcs are generally regarded as a type monster or demon for the protagonist to defeat, though sometimes they are treated as just another race like the Elves or Dwarves.
Organized CrimeNo definition found.
OrphansTag should be used if major characters in a novel, not necessarily only the main character, are orphans.
OtakuThis tag is to be ONLY used when the protagonist is an otaku. Otaku refers to an individual who is extremely passionate about anime and manga.
Otome GameTag should be used if 'Otome Game' play a major rolw in the novel, such as being the world setting itself or as a prominent plot device.
OutcastsNo definition found.
Outdoor IntercourseAs the name suggests, this tag is to be used when the series depicts outdoor intercourse, as in the protagonist takes part in sexual intercourse outside of houses/buildings. Not to be confused with Nudity and Exhibitionism. Presence of penetration is a must for this tag and simple PDA is not a part of this tag.
Outer Spacewhere the setting of the story or part of it is set beyond the main character's home planet and into the starry skies above.
Overpowered ProtagonistTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series is Overpowered (definition may vary based on novel).
Overprotective SiblingsNo definition found.

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Pacifist ProtagonistNo definition found.
PaizuriR-18 tag is mandatory. This tag is used if there are sex scenes that involves the 'paizuri' (tit f*ck).
Pansexual ProtagonistNo NovelUpdates definition found
Parallel WorldsTag is to be used ONLY if having Parallel Worlds have an impact on the story.
ParasitesA organism who can live in people`s body
Parent ComplexNo definition found.
ParodyThis tag is to be used when a novel imitates another published works (recognized by readers) in its story. This tag should not be confused with Fanfiction tag.
Part-Time JobNo definition found.
Past Plays a Big Rolewhere the past(events before the novel) of the protagonist impacts significant on the plot of novel. Whether for a single arc or throughout the story.
Past TraumaNo definition found.
Persistent Love InterestsNo definition found.
Personality Changeswhere due to certain action or reason the personality of the protagonist changes drastically.
Perverted ProtagonistThis tag is to be used when the protagonist of the story shows signs of perversion. This mainly refers to their sexual behaviour, where in they have abnormal sexual hunger.
PetsWhere the Main character keeps a animal, spirit or other lifeform as mascot/companion.
PharmacistNo definition found.
PhilosophicalNo definition found.
PhobiasNo definition found.
PhoenixesThis tag is used if the novel features the mythical creature called the phoenix. Those phoenix(es) must have major roles in the storyline. It is not required for the main character to be one.
PhotographyNo definition found.
Pill Based CultivationN/A
Pill ConcoctingWhere the protagonist of the novel(usually xiaxia or xuanhuan) has the ability to make pills themselves, whether for healing or increasing their cultivation. And usually has a few chapters dedicated to the protagonist concocting the pills.
PilotsNo definition found.
PiratesNo definition found.
PlayboysNo definition found.
Playful ProtagonistNo definition found.
PoetryNo definition found.
PoisonsNo definition found.
PoliceNo definition found.
Polite ProtagonistNo definition found.
PoliticsThis tag is used only if there's a political component included in the story, especially if there's debate or conflict among individuals or parties and does not specify the main character only but with other characters in the novel having or hoping to achieve power in their society.
PolyandryThis tag is used if the female protagonist of the story has a polygamy in which a woman has more than one husband.
PolygamyThis tag is to be only used if the male protagonist is married to more than one female at a time.
Poor ProtagonistTag should be used if the main character is monetarily poor throughout the novel's run.
Poor to RichThis tag is used if the storyline features a monetarily poor main character working his/her way to obtain wealth. The 'Poor Protagonist' tag is usually also applied.
Popular Love InterestsWhere the love interest of a protagonist has a certain level of popularity or is depicted as popular.
PossessionNo definition found.
Possessive CharactersThis tag is used if the novel features characters that, in the context of romance, want to exert control of other person/people. The main character is not required to be one for this tag to be used.
Post-apocalypticWhere before the story begins or early in the story, a event that so destructive that it reverts the world into a more primitive version of itself.
Power CoupleThis tag is to be used if the main couple of the story (The protagonist and the love interest) has both the partners being powerful by the standards of the world/setting they live in, for a major part of the story. This tag is not recommended when a harem is involved. This power may be physical/financial/political. Please note that this is different from the Strong Love Interests tag.
Power StruggleNo definition found.
Pragmatic Protagonistdealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations
PrecognitionThis tag is to be used when the protagonist is acting upon actual or perceived knowledge of one or more future events usually by supernatural means.
PregnancyThis tag is to be used when either the protagonist, or one or more than one of the sexual partners of the protagonist gets pregnant during the course of the story. This may lead to the usage of the Childcare tag in the future.
Pretend LoversNo definition found.
Previous Life TalentUsed when a character(s) memories and/or talent of their previous lives remain intact after their rebirth.
PriestessesThis tag may also be used to refer to other females who are a part of religious organizations such as nun's and shrinemaidens.
PriestsNo definition found.
PrisonNo definition found.
Proactive ProtagonistThe protagonist is active in what they do and controls the situation to some extent. Instead of being reactive and going with the flow.
ProgrammerNo definition found.
Prophecieswhere somewhere throughout the story there is a prediction about the future that would infuence the protagonist or story in some way.
ProstitutesA person, in particular a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment.
Protagonist Falls in Love FirstNo definition found.
Protagonist Loyal to Love InterestNo NovelUpdates definition found
Protagonist Strong from the StartProtagonists who begin the novel as one of the most powerful people.
Protagonist with Multiple BodiesNo definition found.
Psychic PowersWhere the ability to use your mind to do various things that are not normally possible, plays a major role in the story. The main character themselves don't necessarily need to have this ability for the tag to work.
PsychopathsNo definition found.
PuppeteersThis tag is to be used if either the protagonist, or some other character who influences the plot controls people or inanimate objects, similar to how puppets are controlled. This control should be due to some magical/martial technique and not due to psychological manipulation. There is a separate tag (Manipulative Characters) for that.

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Quiet CharactersNo definition found.
Quirky CharactersThis tag can be used if there are characters in the story with eccentric and awkward personality.

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R-15To be used when the content of the story is suitable only for individuals who are 15 or older. This maybe due to the story having sexual or violent themes repeatedly. Note that it can ONLY be used for a JP.
R-18To be used when the content of the story is suitable only for individuals who are 18 or older. This maybe due to the story having sexual or violent themes repeatedly. Note that it can ONLY be used for a JP. For others the Adult genre will suffice.
Race ChangeCould also be said to be a species change , (eg. from a human originally to becoming a dragon or part dragon ) (not to be used when a human reincarnates into a dragon , only counts if he transforms in his/her current lifetime)
RacismThis tag is used if there are consistent incidents of racism (as defined in our world's standard) happening within the storyline, either by the main character him/herself or by other characters.
RapeThis tag is to be used ONLY IF an important/significant-to-the-story character is raped OR doing the raping, at any time during the course of the story. Note that this tag is not to be used if (1) some character is hinted to have raped/been raped before the course of the story, or (2) the occurence is off-screen and doesn't involve any significant character.
Rape Victim Becomes LoverThis tag is to be used when a rape victim falls in love with his/her rapist. The same tag is to be used if multiple such events take place. The tag is to be only used if either the rapist or the rape victim is the protagonist. Not to be used together with the tag
RebellionNo definition found.
Reincarnated as a MonsterThis tag is to be used if the main character died and then was reincarnated as a monster in a fictional non-Earth world. Being reincarnated as a demi-human did not count.
Reincarnated as an ObjectNo definition found.
Reincarnated into a Game WorldNo NovelUpdates definition found
Reincarnated into Another WorldNo NovelUpdates definition found
ReincarnationThis tag is used if the protagonist is born again after dying. Contrast with transmigration, where the protagonist inhabits an existing body.
ReligionsThis tag is to be used if the setting of the story involves one or more religious organizations, such as a churches. It implies that individuals of this religion take part actively in the plot, and their actions are governed by their religious beliefs. Please note that there is a separate tag called Evil Religions. Note that this 'religion' need not be something that exists in the real world.
Reluctant ProtagonistNo definition found.
ReportersNo definition found.
RestaurantThis tag is used when main characters involved in the novel manage food outlets.
ResurrectionNo definition found.
Returning from Another WorldThis tag is only used if the main protagonist was transported into another world with the existing body & soul, part of a soul that reincarnated or just the part of a soul that inhabits someone's body to another world and came back from the place where the existing body & soul or part of a soul originally came from. The part of a soul that returned from another world may be reincarnated, inhabits an existing body, or came back from the original body of the main protagonist. There are no restriction for the place or world where they originally came from.
RevengeThis tag is to be used when revenge by/against the protagonist plays a significant part in the main plot.
Reverse HaremWhere a (usually) female protagonist is surround by guys. Harem is the where the genders are reversed.
Reverse RapeThis tag is to be used if a female forcibly has sex with a male in the story. Either the male or the female MUST be the protagonist.
Rich to PoorNo definition found.
Righteous ProtagonistNo definition found.
RivalryNo definition found.
Romantic SubplotWhen the story has some male-female or other similar couple relationships, but not enough to warrant a romance genre tag. Can be used in tandem with Harem. Usually for when relationships are created without any further growth or expansion of said relationship, though this isn't always the case.
RoommatesNo definition found.
RoyaltyThe highest societal status that marks the protagonist or another character as a person of immense influence whether by blood, marriage or adoption. Usually used to define individuals of the monarchy, or in modern times the most influential person of power.
RPGNo NovelUpdates definition found
Ruthless ProtagonistA protagonist who has no mercy and kills or does similar drastic things without hesitation (eg. without hesitating , consigning a company into bankruptcy without caring about what the fired employees will do from now on for their livelihood counts )

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Sadistic CharactersA character deriving pleasure from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others.
SaintsNo definition found.
SalarymanNo definition found.
SamuraiNo definition found.
SatireNo NovelUpdates definition found
Saving the WorldNo definition found.
SchemingNo NovelUpdates definition found
SchizophreniaNo definition found.
ScientistsNo definition found.
SculptorsWhere the main character or siginificant characters in the story can carve wood/stone/other to make a 3D/2D model of art. AND the scuplting plays a large role in the novel.
Sealed PowerProtagonist has some sort of ability they are unable to utilize either fully or at all. This may be because an outside force is blocking its use or the protagonist refuses to use it or has to meet conditions to gain its usage.
Second ChanceThis tag is used when the protagonist has failed to do something in their first life. The protagonist is given a
Secret CrushNo definition found.
Secret IdentityTag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist of the series has a Secret Identity (definition may vary based on novel). If the series has multiple protagonists, only use this tag if having a Secret Identity is a prominent feature of one of them.
Secret OrganizationsNo definition found.
Secret RelationshipNo definition found.
Secretive ProtagonistNo definition found.
SecretsNo definition found.
Sect DevelopmentWhere the protagonist mantains and develops a sect. And is a major part of the story.
SeductionNo definition found.
Seeing Things Other Humans Can'tNormaly used once the main protagonist have the ability to see something unusual or that cannot be see by normal humans eyes.(ex. ghost, magic, atoms)
Selfish Protagonistwhere the protagonist prioritise themselves over other people.
Selfless ProtagonistNo definition found.
Seme ProtagonistThis tag is used when the Protagonist of the story is the Seme/Gong/Top in a male x male relationship. This tag is to only be used for novels containing boy love. In the event of a reversible couple, this tag should not be used.
Senpai-Kouhai RelationshipNo definition found.
Sentient ObjectsObjects that normally should be inanimate possessing own conscience and intelligence such as: weapons, swords, books, grimoires, dolls, toys, castles, etc. Generally due to supernatural causes such as being reincarnated in objects; objects possessed by spirits; born a spirit within an object after it absorbs large amounts of mana, spiritual power, or emotions and desires of living beings as in the legend of the tsukumogamis; or even being a living being with able to transform into a functional object like a sword...
Sentimental ProtagonistNo definition found.
Serial KillersNo definition found.
ServantsThis tag is used if the characters in the novel have people serving them.
Seven Deadly Sinswhere the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, envy, sloth, gluttony, lust and wrath) play some role in the story.
Seven VirtuesWhere the seven virtues 『Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, and Humility』play some part in the story.
Sex FriendsAs the name suggests, this tag indicates the presence of a 'sex friends' relationship between the protagonist and one or more than one other individuals. Sex friends refers to the relationship where the couple takes part in sexual activity without any real romantic feelings, and just to sate their sexual desires. In the future, they may develop romantic feelings.
Sexual AbuseThis tag is to be used when the story involves incidents where sexual abuse takes place. Sexual abuse includes forced sexual activities like kissing etc. However, no intercourse is involved as there is a separate tag for Rape. While it is recommended to use this tag only when the protagonist is involved in these incidents, this tag can also be used if there are repeated incidents of sexual abuse mentioned in the story. Please note that even if they are a couple, forced sexual activity will still be considered sexual abuse.
Sexual Cultivation TechniqueWhere doing lewd things can be used to increase one's cultivation or other advantages.
Shameless ProtagonistWhere the main character does actions that are deemed by the reader or characters in the novel to be unbefiting of their status. whether the Main character acts petty or without honor/dignity for gains of some sort.
ShapeshiftersNo definition found.
Sharing A BodyWhen two or more people are sharing the same body. Be it mentally or physically.
Sharp-tongued CharactersThis tag is used if the novel features many characters that spout venomous words. The main character did not have to be one of them for this tag to be applied.
Shield UserThis tag should only be used when the protagonist or other characters from the main cast uses a shield as his main or only weapon. In his fighting style, for a significant period of story.
ShikigamiNo definition found.
Short StoryThis tag is to be used for novels with 10 or less chapters AND with no more than one volume published (if relevant) in its original RAW. The 10 chapters mentioned does not include Prologue, Epilogue, Extras or Side Stories of the novel. The 10 chapters should be connected to each other and not disjointed. This tag should not be confused with Collection of Short Stories tag or Oneshot tag.
ShotaThis tag is to be used ONLY when either the protagonist or one of the love interests of the protagonist is a shota. It is not recommended to use this tag for other characters, no matter how important their role is. A shota is a short boy who looks like a child, no matter how much his real age is.
Shoujo-Ai SubplotNo definition found.
Shounen-Ai SubplotN/A
ShowbizThis tag is to be used if the protagonist is part of the entertainment industry, and it plays a role in the story.
Shy CharactersNo definition found.
Sibling RivalryNo definition found.
SiblingsTag is to be used if the main character has sibling(s) that are also major character(s) in their own right.
Siblings CareNo NovelUpdates definition found
Siblings Not Related by BloodThis tag is to be used if the protagonist has a sibling who is not related by blood. These siblings are expected to either be in a romantic relationship, or show affection towards each other which goes beyond the expected intimacy of siblings. These siblings knowing that they are not related by blood is recommended, though them finding it out later i the story is also accepted. However, at some point of time in the story, they should find this out. This tag is not to be confused with Incest.
Sickly CharactersNo definition found.
Sign LanguageNo definition found.
SingersNo definition found.
Single ParentNo definition found.
Sister ComplexN/A
Skill AssimilationThis tag is used if main protagonist(s) learn skills just by coming in contact with them.
Skill BooksNo definition found.
Skill CreationThe 'Skills' tag is mandatory. This tag is used when skill (as defined by the 'Skills' tag) creation process has prominent roles in the novel's storyline.
Slave HaremThis tag means that the protagonist has a harem that is composed, wholly or in part, of slaves he/she owns.
Slave ProtagonistThe main protagonist is a slave who is owned by someone.
SlavesN/A
SleepingThe main character who spend most of the time sleeping.
Slow Growth at StartLike weak to strong. But takes a longer period of time for the protagonist to get stronger than he is at the beginning.
Slow RomanceWhere the protagonist only meet or develop feelings for the love interest at a late point in the novel (either half way or a few hundred chapters in). AND has no love interest before hand.
Smart CoupleNo definition found.
Social OutcastsNo definition found.
SoldiersNo definition found.
Soul PowerCultivators can learn techniques to use souls in combat.
Soulswhere manifestation/concept of ones soul plays a siginificant part in the story. E.G strenghen soul to get stronger
Spatial Manipulationwhere the protagonist has the power to control space, whether to teleport, tear or move things through space. as well as other space related powers. And plays a major part in the story.
Spear WielderThis tag is to be used only when the protagonist uses a spear as their weapon for a significant period of the story. Though this tag can be used even if the love interest uses the spear, it is highly recommended not to use it at that time.
Special AbilitiesRefers to abilites that a select few have. Doesn't have to include protagonist, but has to be something that the majority of people of the world doen't have. E.g Espers in a modern world
Special ForcesNo NovelUpdates definition found
SpiesNo definition found.
Spirit AdvisorWhere the protagonist gains a wise or knowledgable ghost/spirit that helps the protagonist, by giving advice and not in actual combat. usually a old grandpa.
Spirit UsersNo definition found.
SpiritsEthereal entities typically associated with the human soul.
StalkersNo definition found.
Stockholm SyndromeRefers to the feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor. This tag may also be used if the victim of mistreatment (abuse) feels affection towards the abuser. Care should be taken while using this tag, as a separate tag ‘Rape Victim Becomes Lover’ also exists.
Stoic CharactersPeople who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
Store OwnerNo definition found.
Straight SemeNo definition found.
Straight Uke-contact a staff to submit a definition- Forum>Novel Updates Site Discussion>Cleaning Up Tags on NU
Strategic BattlesNo definition found.
StrategistThe main character has outstanding abilities to devise and plan tactics to be used as part of effective strategies in battles, conspiracies, commercial endeavors et. al.
Strength-based Social HierarchyThis tag is to be used for a setting where strength/power determines the place of one's social status in the hierarchy, i.e. the Law of the Jungle.
Strong Love Interestswhere the love interest of a protagonist has a certain level of strenght or is depicted as strong. Doesn't have to be on the protagonist level, but somewhere close.
Strong to StrongerNo definition found.
Stubborn ProtagonistNo definition found.
Student CouncilNo definition found.
Student-Teacher RelationshipThis tag is used when there is a romantic relationship between a teacher and his/her student, one of whom is the protagonist.
Subtle RomanceNo NovelUpdates definition found
SuccubusLilin-demon in female form, or supernatural entity in folklore that appears in dreams and takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual activity.
Sudden Strength GainWhere the protagonist experiences a massive gain of power. Usually near the start of a novel
Sudden WealthWhere the main character becomes rich in a short amount of time. And this event of being suddenly rich or rich in general is a important part of the plot in the story.
SuicidesNo definition found.
Summoned HeroThis tag is to be used if the story contains a summoned hero, as in a 'hero’ who is summoned from another world. This tag is to be used ONLY if the summoned hero has a major role in the story. Or if the protagonist is one.
Summoning MagicMagic that can be used to call forth beigns/familars that are normally under the caster's control, but might not always. ONLY use if it plays a significant part in the story.
SurvivalThis tag is to be used when the story focuses on the survival of the main characters.
Survival GameA powerful entity forces the main characters to fight for their lives in an organized competition.
Sword And MagicThis tag is to only be used if both the use of magic and swords are present within the novel.
Sword WielderNo definition found.
System AdministratorWhere the Main character gains access to an

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TeachersOnly to be used when the MC or the people around the MC are teachers and highly influences MC's lifestyle or learning. Not to be used when MC is teacher or the teachers around MC play little role in plot.
TeamworkWhere the power of working together is important for the events/developments in the story. And is a reoccuring theme.
Technological GapThe presence of more advanced technology in a place with an inferior civilization level (eg. guns in a fantasy world with the technology level of about the middle ages of earth)
TentaclesThis tag is to be used when the story contains instances of tentacle sex. All such series MUST be under the adult genre. Basically, tentacle hentai.
Terminal IllnessWhere the main character or another important character has a sickness that can't be cured and is suffering from it, and which plays some part in the development of the story
TerroristsNo definition found.
ThievesWhere being a thief or the notion of thieves plays a important part in the story or the Main character's development/journey.
ThreesomeThreesome is a sexual activity where three individuals take part simultaneously(maybe extended to four) in sex. This tag is to be used if one of them is the protagonist. Note that this tag is entirely different from Orgy tag. Here, it is typically expected for two of them to be of one gender and the other, the opposite gender.
ThrillerNo definition found.
Time LoopWhere due to the a characters or item/event in a story. The Main character returns to a previous point of time to redo what he has already done.
Time ManipulationThis tag is to be used ONLY if the protagonist has the ability to manipulate time, and thus uses this in the course of the story. This tag is not to be used to refer to treasures/items which change the flow of time.
Time ParadoxWhere due to the ability to travel through time or change the past, the plot begins to break down and makes no sense if you think about how the past changed would affect the future.
Time SkipWhere the story in the novel skips a significant amount of time in the novel. Can be years/months/weeks depending on time of skip. ONLY when the protagonist already is involved with the story.
Time TravelThis tag is to be used when the Main protagonist moves from one era to another. How it is used depends on the story. It can also include jumping to the near future or near past but that all depends on the story putting emphasis. It should not be confused with Second Chance.
Timid ProtagonistThis tag is used when the protagonist shows a lack of confidence and courage.
Tomboyish Female LeadThis tag is to be used when the main female character of the story is tomboyish.
TortureThis tag is to be used if the novel features torture events prominently in the storyline. The torture events must not be off-screen (has to be depicted to the readers). The main character does not have to be involved, either as a torturer,tortured or spectator.
ToysThis tag is used when a main character uses sex toys, devices, or other objects of a sexual nature. It most often refers to mature content, and should never refer to toys that are not used in a sexual sense.
Tragic PastThe protagonist has experienced extreme loss or a traumatic event in their past. Their past plays a significant role in their current personality, skills, or motivations.
Transformation AbilityThis tag is to be used when the protagonist(s) of the story is able to transform or change their body shape/form in any noticeable way freely, under special circumstances or due to a special condition/ability. THE CHANGE MUST NOT BE PERMANENT. For a permanent change, the Appearance Changes tag is recommended.
TransgenderThis tag is to be used if a main or major character is explicitly transgender, and/or if the story contains major themes related to transgender identities, even metaphorically.
TransmigrationThis tag is used if the protagonist inhabits an existing person's body after migrating across worlds. It differs from reincarnation in that the person is not literally born again.
Transplanted MemoriesWhere the protagonist gains another person/being's memories, and might or might not be influenced by the person that originally had those memories.
Transported into a Game WorldThe protagonist of the story is sent from the real world into a game, or a world extremely similar to an existing game. This tag most often refers to worlds in video games or MMORPGs.
Transported into Another WorldNo NovelUpdates definition found
Transported Modern StructureThis tag is used to describe novels where the main character has been transported to another world with some form of modern luxury. In this context, these 'modern luxuries' refer to any buildings or appliances which can only typically be found in the modern world, eg. a house with working internet.
TrapTrap refers to the presence of one or more character(s) that looks like a girl, whether it be natural or through the act of cross-dressing, the act of dressing up as the opposite gender. Must be a BOY and has to some extent, look like a young girl. A Reverse Trap is the counterpart to a Trap.
Tribal SocietyThe world contains a large race of people divided into tribes (communities linked by economic, religious, or blood ties). Tribal societies in novels are often characterized as rural and less civilized, developed, or technologically-advanced than city societies.
TricksterThe protagonist possesses a great degree of intellect or knowledge that they often use to fool other characters or overcome obstacles in creative and unconventional ways.
TrollsNo NovelUpdates definition found
TsundereIt refers to the existence of a character who is excessively shy towards romance, and outwardly shows themselves to be uninterested in their romantic crush/partner.
TwinsTwo of the main characters are identical or fraternal twins born to the same parents.
Twisted PersonalityThe protagonist or other main character has an unstable or

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Ugly ProtagonistThe main character has a physically unattractive face or body, and their physical appearance should have a major effect on their personality, motivations, or life. This tag should NOT be used unless the protagonist stays
Ugly to BeautifulAs it suggests, this tag is to be used when the protagonist, who is originally described to be ugly by the author, becomes beautiful later on. These adjectives are used for the external physical appearances only. Tag describes the transition of the protagonist ONLY.
Unconditional LoveThis tag is used when two prominent characters love the other limitlessly. Their love has no conditions attached to it and they will love their partner(s) no matter what.
Underestimated ProtagonistThis tag is to be used if the protagonist of the story is thought by other characters to be weaker than they actually are, whether the protagonist does it on purpose or not. It must remain that way for a significant part of the story.
Unique Cultivation TechniqueThis tag is to be used if the protagonist uses a cultivation technique different from everyone else in world.
Unique Weapon UserThe main character of the story uses a weapon (or weapons) that are different from those used by everyone else in the world.
Unique WeaponsThis tag is used if the main character uses a weapon different from everyone else in the world, OR if most people in the story use unique and unusual weapons that are different from most other novels. This tag should only be used if the use of unique weapons is a major part of the story.
Unlucky ProtagonistThe protagonist has unusually bad luck. The main character's bad fortune should be a major plot point and referenced throughout the series, not only at the start of the story.
Unreliable NarratorIn the case of a first-person narrative, the narrator may be outright lying to the audience. In other cases, they may mis-remember, mis-interpret, or otherwise convey inaccurate information during their narration. They could be hallucinating, malicious, or even just biased and a little bit confused.
Unrequited LoveThis tag is used when the main character is deeply in love with another character who doesn't return their love. It can also be used if a main side character is deeply in love with the main character, but the main character doesn't return their feelings. This tag should only be used if the unrequited love relationship is a major plot point throughout the story.

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ValkyriesThis tag is to be used when a valkyrie is one of the major characters in a series, or if a valkyrie is deeply involved in at least one of the arcs of the series. A valkyrie is a female warrior from Norse mythology who are known to be fierce. Specific usage of the term valkyrie by either the translator or the author is recommended.
VampiresVarious humanoid entities of folklore that share the characteristics of engaging in hematophagy (bloodsucking). Weaknesses tend to be silver, sunlight, stakes, decapitation, fire, holy symbols, garlic, drowning, running water, abstaining from blood, hawthorn, requiring an invitation, and salt.
Villainess Noble GirlsUsually found in Japanese otome game reincarnation novels. A normal girl dies and reincarnates into the world of an otome game or a novel as the villainess noble girl, who is usually the love rival of the story or game's MC.
Virtual RealityWhen the five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch, as well as physical movement are being used but, the real person is not actually receiving any of these senses or physically moving. Usually used for games that uses virtual reality as a form of entertainment such as VRMMORPG. However Virtual Reality does not always have to be related to games and can be used when the user is not physically present but is actively moving in another world.
VocaloidThis tag is used when the series heavily references music, characters, or software from Vocaloid, the Japanese singing voice synthesizer. Novels with this tag will most often be based on popular songs or series generated using the Vocaloid software.
Voice ActorsUsed when the protagonist or main love interest's primary occupation/hobby involves providing voices for characters, media, or music. The character's occupation as a voice actor should be an important part of the story.
VoyeurismThis tag is to be used if the novel's character(s), not necessarily including the main character, engage in voyeurism. Distinction has to be made against against actions like spying activities, even though those two acts may looks and feels the same.

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WaitersThe protagonist or primary side character serves customers in a restaurant, cafe, or other dining establishment. The character's work as a waiter plays an important role in the story.
War RecordsThe novel documents the history of a war, and details the protagonist's actions in that war. Focus on the war should be a major element in the novel.
WarsThis tag is to be used to indicate the setting of the story. However, it can also indicate that some part of the story revolves around wars. It is recommended to use this tag only when the protagonist takes part in these wars. Please note that there is a different tag to indicate the presence of interstellar wars, the Cosmic Wars tag.
Weak ProtagonistUsed when the protagonist lacks physical strength for most of the story. This weakness most often refers to physical or combat ability, rather than mental ability.
Weak to StrongThis TAG is used to indicate the stories in which the protagonist starts at a weak power level and becomes gradually strong as the story progresses.
Wealthy CharactersOne or more of the main characters is rich in money, resources, or assets.
WerebeastsThis tag is to be added only if a significant character is a werebeast. Alternatively, this tag can be added to a horror series if it contains a werebeast. Definition of werebeast: human that could shapeshift into animal like form.
WishesThis tag is used when the protagonist makes a specific wish (most often to a star, god, or supernatural being), and the story centers on the pursuit, process, completion, or results of that wish.
WitchesThe main character (or their main partner) is skilled in magic or has magical powers.
WizardsThe main character (or their main partner) is skilled in magic or has magical powers.
World HoppingThis tag is to be used when travelling to multiple different worlds, realms or dimensions is a central theme or plays a major role in the story.
World InvasionNo NovelUpdates definition found
World TravelUsed when the act of traveling or exploring a country, world, and/or universe plays a major role in the story.
World TreeThis tag refers to the presence of a powerful tree in the relevant work. They to some extent, have a large importance in the world and story they are in. Often large in size, has fruit/sap that has mystical properties such as curing illness and healing physical wounds, and other generally positive things. May or may not be called the World Tree.
WritersThe protagonist or main love interest is an author or writes for books, news, media, or music. The character's work as a writer should be an important plot point of the story.
WuxiaNo NovelUpdates definition found. Is an actual genre itself.

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XianxiaMainly about characters achieving immortality through cultivation. Often can mix in with taoism deities, myths, etc. Is an actual genre itself.
XuanhuanNo NovelUpdates definition found. Is an actual genre itself.

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YandereA yandere is a person romantically obsessed with someone to the point of abnormality. In essence, literally
YoukaiSupernatural entities found in Japanese folklore. Generally are spirits, demons, and monsters while possessing supernatural abilities.
Younger BrothersUsed when the protagonist has younger brothers. Also, the relationship between the siblings is expected to be a major plot point of the series. This tag may lead to incest.
Younger Love InterestsAs it suggests, the love interests of the protagonist have to be younger than the protagonist. However, it is only used when the age difference is quite significant, and either the physical/mental aspects of this difference gets some screen time.
Younger SistersUsed when the protagonist has younger sisters who play big role in the series. This tag may lead to incest.

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ZombiesThis tag is to be used if either the protagonist or any other significant character is a zombie. This tag can also be used if the protagonist repeatedly interacts (i.e. fights) with zombies, even if they are nothing more than cannon fodder.
Source: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rq0C4e40eMvJoKpgTtHC9AOWr9RF-KCneuucpHqySPw/edit#gid=0
Two ways to see ScribbleHub's tag definitions: Thanks @EchoingRuby!
  • ScribbleHub's List - Tags. Click on any tag. Takes you to find stories with that tag and in the search, arrow next to tag has its tag's definition.
  • Click on any tag on a story. Takes you to find stories with that tag and in the search, the arrow next to that tag has that tag's definition.
ScribbleHub Genre Explanations
Thanks @Moonpearl for their Genre Explanations thread!
  • ScribbleHub's > Read > Genre. Shows all of SH's genres. Clicking on any genre takes you to find stories by that genre and in that search, the arrow next to the genre has its genre's definition. Thanks @EchoingRuby!
Also, @WelcomeToSH <-- has common FAQs.

You may want to bookmark this for later. It may be lost in the threads over time.
 
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i'm tempted to put everything under a button instead of a link to another thread but those thread users need given credit too.
Thanks for the thread. Very helpful
Np. Thanks to MoonPearl and whoever put it all on google doc.
 

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SH actually has integrated definitions for a lot of tags/genres these days.

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ScribbleHub All Genre Definitions Official
- placed all in one table. couldn't post it initial thread post since that exceeded character limit.
ActionA work typically depicting fighting, violence, chaos, and fast paced motion.
AdultContains mature content that is suitable only for adults. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
AdventureExploring new places, environments or situations. This is often associated with people on long journeys to places far away encountering amazing things.
Boys LoveThis work usually involves intimate relationships between men.
ComedyA dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
DramaA work meant to bring on an emotional response, such as instilling sadness or tension. Novels that often show life or characters through conflict and emotions. In general, the different parts of the story tend to form a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, the story has a message that is bigger than just the story line itself.
EcchiPossibly the line between hentai and non-hentai, ecchi usually refers to fanservice put in to attract a certain group of fans.
FanfictionFanfiction is fictional writing written in an amateur capacity as fans, unauthorized by, but based on an existing work of fiction. The author uses copyrighted characters, settings, or other intellectual properties from the original creator as a basis for their writing.
FantasyAnything that involves, but not limited to, magic, dream world, and fairy tales.
Gender BenderGirls dressing up as guys, guys dressing up as girls. Guys turning into girls, girls turning into guys.
Girls LoveThis work usually involves intimate relationships between women.
HaremA series involving one male character and many female characters (usually attracted to the male character). A Reverse Harem is when the genders are reversed.
HistoricalNovels whose setting is in the past. Frequently these follow historical tales, sagas or facts. World with kingdom setting that are not from actual history saga, tales, are not included.
HorrorNovels whose focus is to scare the audience.
IsekaiIsekai revolves around a person who is transported to and has to survive in another world, such as a fantasy world, virtual world or parallel universe.
JoseiLiterally [Woman]. Targets women 18-30. Female equivalent to seinen. Unlike shoujo the romance is more realistic and less idealized. The storytelling is more explicit and mature.
LitRPGLitRPG, short for Literary Role Playing Game, is a literary genre combining the conventions of computer RPGs with science-fiction and fantasy novels.
Marital ArtsThe novel has a focus on any of several arts of combat or self-defense. These may include aikido, karate, judo, or tae kwon do, kendo, fencing, and so on and so forth.
MatureContains subject matter which may be too extreme for a younger audience. Content that deals with mature themes such as gore, sex, or violence.
MechaA work involving and usually concentrating on all types of large robotic machines.
MysteryUsually an unexplained event occurs, and the main protagonist attempts to find out what caused it.
PsychologicalUsually deals with the philosophy of a state of mind, in most cases detailing abnormal psychology.
RomanceA story in this genre focus heavily on the romantic relationship between two or more people.
School Life
Having a major setting of the story deal with some type of school.
Sci-fiShort for science fiction, these works involve twists on technology and other science related phenomena which are contrary or stretches of the modern day scientific world.
SeinenSeinen means ‘Young Man.’ Novels that specifically targets young adult males around the ages of 18 to 25 are Seinen titles. Typically the story lines deal with the issues of adulthood.
Slice of LifeNovels with no focused plot. This genre tends to be naturalistic and mainly focuses around the main characters and their everyday lives. Often there will be some philosophical perspectives regarding love, relationships, life etc. tied into the novel. The overall typical moods for this type of story are cheery and carefree, no-rush life for the characters.
SmutErotic work of fiction that’s mainly targeted toward females. Smut stories often gives heavy focus on love and relationships between the main characters.
SportsAs the name suggests, story with sports as one of its main element. Baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, and racing just to name a few.
SupernaturalUsually entails amazing and unexplained powers or events which defy the laws of physics.
TragedyContains events resulting in great loss and misfortune.
 
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