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Trap is a slang term used in English-language online anime communities to describe a biologically male character with an attractive andrognynous or highly feminine appearance, and is often performed by voice actresses. In Japan, a term called otokonoko (literally meaning "male daughter") is used to refer to a real-life or fictional man who expresses himself in a culturally feminine manner and appearance. Note that in order to be called a "trap", the character must be explicitly described as biologically male; characters whose gender is officially unconfirmed or have no biological sex do not count.

The word trap carries unfortunate implications however, as it implies that their femininity is used to "trap" (i.e. deceive) males into becoming an object of their desires, only to find out that it was a man all along, which makes them "gay" - and therefore undesirable in the minds of some men. It doesn't help that many of the archetype's examples are highly sexualized by both creators and fans. The term gained some controversy in Reddit after the moderators of a highly-upvoted subreddit called r/Animemes banned the usage of the word "trap", essentially treating the word as a slur. Naturally, the decision was met with near-universal derision from its users.

In the context of this wiki, traps have historically performed well in the International Saimoe League tournament because of their highly moe characteristics that are normally attributed to females. In fact, the 2014 male exhibiton was exclusively contested by traps in a 32-man single-elimination bracket, which was won by Hideyoshi Kinoshita, an iconic example of the archetype and a 2-time runner-up prior to the 2014 edition.


Characters[]

ISML 2014 Male Tournament Participants[]

ISML 2014 Trap Exhibition Participants
Name Series Image Remarks
Hideyoshi.png Hideyoshi Kinoshita  Baka and Test 2014 Scepter Winner.
Shidou.png Shidou Itsuka Date A Live
Shiori itsuka.png
2014 Runner-up. Entered because of his alter-ego Shiori Itsuka.
Ruka.png Ruka Urushibara Steins;Gate
I want to be a girl.png
Arguably his most defining trait. At some point in the story, his biological sex actually changes into a woman for plot reasons.
Souji.png Mitsuka Souji Gotta be the Twin-Tail Transforms into a female Twin-Tail form, but clearly appears as a male otherwise.
Ryuunosuke akasaka.png Ryuunosuke Akasaka Sakurasou
Keima.png Keima Katsuragi The World God Only Knows
Keima maid.png
Entered because of his Cafe Maid outfit and androgynous appearance
Kamito.png Kamito Kazehaya Blade Dance
Hayate.png Hayate Ayasaki Hayate the Combat Butler


Other[]

Other Characters
Name Series Image Remarks
Felix.png Felix Argyle Re:Zero Reached Ruby period in ISML 2017.
Hideri Kanzaki Blend S Should be obvious what the "Surprise" actually is
Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa Shiota Assassination Classroom
Nagisa shiota dress.png
2-time pendant winner and ISML 2018 quarter-finalist. His most famous outfit is a black off-shoulder dress, a red plaid miniskirt, and black thigh-high stockings, which when combined with his slim physique makes for an effective "female" disguise.
Astolfo.png Rider of Black aka Asstolfo Fate/Apocrypha currently the poster boy of the archetype. Reached the playoffs in ISML 2018.
Saika.png Saika Totsuka  Oregairu Had a successful run in ISML 2020 after winning the amethyst exhibition gem and reaching the playoffs.
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