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[[caption-width-right:350:[[MemeticMutation Not anime]], [[RatedMForManly MANime]]!]]

{{Manga}} and {{anime}} aimed primarily at pre-teen and teenage boys. They tend to be FightingSeries focused more on action than relationships, with romance generally either [[TokenRomance perfunctory]] or PlayedForLaughs. The series is usually dominated by [[FightingSeries fighting]], although just as often it is [[MundaneMadeAwesome sublimated into a form such as a]] [[SeriousBusiness sports competition or even a]] TabletopGame. The title character, and most of the cast, is predominantly teenage or young adult male, equally capable of action and [[LargeHam Ham.]] [[WorldOfHam Lots and lots of ham.]]

Note that while the term "Shōnen" tends to be used to refer to a few standard genres, it literally refers to the target demographic (and in Japan, generally refers strictly to manga, rather than anime). Its older counterpart is {{Seinen}}, although both are enjoyed by [[PeripheryDemographic other audiences as well]]. The DistaffCounterpart to Shonen is called {{Shoujo}}.

The distinction between Shōnen and these other genres is a hotly contested subject. There is no definite marker for a series being or not being Shōnen. Though the magazine it runs in is a good indicator, many Shōnen magazines aim for the huge {{Seinen}} PeripheryDemographic that also purchases them. Some of this is a natural result of the franchise GrowingTheBeard together with the audience: many series that are popular with the Seinen demographic (and marketed towards such in omnibus tankoubon volumes) have run in Shōnen magazines when they were serialized. Themes are not a definite indicator either: while most Shōnen works (particularly the action fighter types) tend to fall in the [[TheIdealist idealist side]] on the [[SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism scale of idealism vs. cynicism]], there are also plenty of works with DarkerAndEdgier elements and outright {{Deconstruction}}s that can easily be mistaken for a {{Seinen}} series and evoke a WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids reaction (''Manga/DeathNote'' and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are some of the notable examples).

Shōnen series were the first to be brought over ''en masse'' to the Western world, and as such, makes up much of the popular American perception of anime.
This is because it is, perhaps, the genre most similar to heavily actionized, RatedMForManly WesternAnimation shows of TheEighties, also largely geared towards teenage males with swaths of MultipleDemographicAppeal. (Pure {{shojo}} bounces between the realms of [[TastesLikeDiabetes cutesy]] and [[{{Melodrama}} melodramatically]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids scandalous]] for most {{Media Watchdog}}s, so it does not get shown in the West as much.)

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!!General Examples

* Almost ''anything'' with HumongousMecha.
* Sometimes, adaptations of stories with MultipleDemographicAppeal will create two versions of the story, one Shōnen and one {{Shojo}}. For example, ''Manga/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' had a Shōnen-version manga produced of its story, while ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'''s {{OAV}}s have a similar bent as compared to the original series.
* Nearly all the titles featured in the ''Weekly Shōnen Jump'' (or simply ''Jump'') magazine have a kind of legacy with each other, enough that a {{crossover}} [[JumpSuperstars video game]] was highly received.
** The ''Manga/DragonBall'' series is by far the quintessential Shōnen, and due to its age, length and influence provides examples of most of the classic tropes. Not to mention the fact that its popularity has more or less inspired most of the current Shonen Manga of this day and age. The Creators of the Big Three all admit to having their series greatly inspired by ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** Of all the ongoing Shōnen series, ''Franchise/OnePiece'' is the most popular. It has drawn a great deal of inspiration from ''Manga/DragonBall'', but developed a ''very'' unique and compelling flavor of its own.
** ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is part of the [[RuleOfThree Holy Shonen Trinity]] and, unlike ''Naruto'', ''One Piece'' and ''Dragon Ball'', the ''Bleach'' anime hasn't had issues with staying on the air in America.
** Completing the current Jump [[Franchise.TheLegendOfZelda Triforce]] is ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', which was the most popular manga in America for a long time.
** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', released in 1987, is one of ''Shōnen Jump'''s longest running Shōnen series, having reached over ''100'' volumes in Japan. Only one part, Stardust Crusaders (part three), has gotten an official English release. With its 7th part, "Steel Ball Run", it has switched magazines to Ultra Jump and thus officially graduated to {{Seinen}}.

!!Other Examples in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''
[[index]]
* ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''
* ''Manga/AnsatsuKyoushitsu''
* ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}''
* ''Manga/BarefootGen''
* ''Manga/{{Baoh}}''
* ''{{Manga/Beelzebub}}''
* ''Manga/BeetTheVandelBuster''- Notably put on permanent hiatus due to one of its creators being ill and the other moving onto a different production
* ''Manga/BinboGamiGa''
* ''Manga/BlackCat''
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' -- The third of the "Big Three" among currently active ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' series.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist''
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''-- A humorous and surreal parody of shonen
* ''Manga/ButsuZone''
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' -- up until the ''Road to 2002'' saga, that is: then it moves into {{seinen}} territory. Makes sense, the readers are mostly adult males ([[PeripheryDemographic and some adult females]]) who grew reading it in ''Magazine/ShonenJump'.
* ''Manga/CatsEye''
* ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' -- although it's sometimes thought to be Seinen for the same reason and because of its dark themes as well as bearing a superficial resemblence to ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' -- although even plenty of anime fans still mistake it for Seinen, mostly because Light is an adult for most of the series and there's the WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids factor. Played with in the ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}'' series (by the same creators), in which several characters support Seinen-type stories running in Shōnen magazines.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'', even when its EstrogenBrigade says otherwise.
* ''Manga/ChounouryokushaSaikiKusuoNoSainan''
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump''
* ''Manga/DokonjoGaeru''
* ''Manga/DoubleArts''
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' -- It and especially its sequel ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' , is a major contributor to many tropes to shonen in general.
* ''{{Manga/Embalming}}''
* ''{{Manga/Eyeshield 21}}''-- Football oriented
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', although ''Yuria Gaiden'' and ''Juuza Gaiden'' (the most recent ones) are Seinen. Again, a major contributor to, if not the original fighting shonen.
* ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin''
* ''{{Manga/Haikyuu}}''
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': Go game oriented
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* ''Manga/IronKnight''
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' -- Parts 1-6. It moved to Seinen magazine Ultra Jump starting with Part 7, ''Steel Ball Run''.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' -- though its audience appears to consist mostly of PeripheryDemographic
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'': Wrestling oriented, but also a major contributor to shonen tropes. Its sequel, ''Manga/KinnikumanNisei'' is {{Seinen}}.
* ''[[{{Manga/Kochikame}} Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo]]''
* ''[[Manga/{{Kurogane2011}} Kurogane (2011)]]''
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke''
* ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- its first run, anyway. In 1974, it was moved to Kodansha's ''TV magazine''.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox''
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'': contains {{Seinen}} elements
* ''Manga/{{Mx0}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' -- One of the Big Three, it is currently the most popular manga in America
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'', although it attracts nearly every demographic, from kids to teens and adults. Currently Japan's most popular ongoing manga.
* ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai''
* ''Manga/{{Psyren}}''
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie: Rehabilitation'' -- Often confused as Seinen due to it being [[DarkerAndEdgier more risque]] than ''Read or Die'' and ''Read or Dream'', both genuine Seinen.
* ''Manga/RingNiKakero'' - Starts as Shonen, the sequel switches to Seinen.
* ''Manga/RokudenashiBlues''
* ''{{Manga/Rookies}}''
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Cointains {{Seinen}} elements
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' -- TropeCodifier for CastFullOfPrettyBoys in the genre, and the GenrePopularizer for the Shonen EstrogenBrigade. Also, the term "[[BoysLove Yaoi]]" was coined by the series' fandom to refer to the Male[=/=]Male SlashFic generated by said fandom.
* ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku''
* ''Manga/SamuraiUsagi''
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd''
* ''Manga/ShamanKing''
* ''Manga/SketDance''
* ''Manga/SlamDunk''
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'', but only in its original run in Shonen Jump. Every story afterward is Seinen.
* ''Manga/{{Takamagahara}}''
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'': Its sequel is much more shonen
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' - Starting in 2008, it is sometimes considered ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''[='=]s replacement among the Big Three after the later's anime ended.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries''
** ''Anime/YuGiOh (Duel Monsters)'': TropeCodifer for card game themed anime
** ''Manga/YuGiOhR''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' -- another paradigm of Shōnen.


!!Non-''Shōnen Jump'' Examples

* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
** ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''
* ''Manga/AILoveYou''
* ''Manga/AirGear'': Roller blade oriente
* ''Manga/AkameGaKiru''
* ''Manga/AkaruiSekaiKeikaku''
* ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei''
* ''Manga/{{Akumetsu}}''
* ''Manga/AkuNoHana''
* ''Manga/{{Aphorism}}''
* ''LightNovel/ApocalypseAlice''
* ''Manga/ApocalypseZero''
* ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}''
* ''{{Manga/Arago}}''
* ''Manga/AreaNoKishi''
* ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' - Although it contains elements commonly found in {{Shojo}}, {{Seinen}}, and {{Josei}} manga, it was serialized in a shonen magazine and it tends to be labelled as such.
* ''Manga/{{Asura}}''
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', which, along with [[SchoolGirlSeries the whole genre]] [[TropeCodifier it codified]], is often mistaken for {{seinen}} or {{shoujo}}.
* ''Anime/BtX''
* ''Manga/BabySteps''
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' - Oddly, its manga adaptation is DarkerAndEdgier than its light novel counterpart.
* ''{{Anime/Bakugan}}''
* ''Manga/{{BECK}}''
* ''Manga/BigOrder''
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' -- even though it resembles a mix of Seinen and Shojo much more than actual Shōnen.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus''
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist''
* ''Manga/CatParadise''
* ''Manga/{{Change 123}}''
* ''Manga/ChuukaIchiban''
* ''Manga/CodeBreaker''
* Most ''Anime/CodeGeass'' manga
** ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally''
** ''Manga/CodeGeassTalesOfAnAlternateShogunate''
** ''Code Geass: Suzaku of the Counterattack''
** ''Code Geass: Renya of the Dark''
* ''Manga/CrimsonsTheScarletNavigatorsOfTheOcean''
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''
* ''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai''
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' -- Often mistaken as Seinen due to its violent content and basically having an identical story to ''ElfenLied''
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': {{Mon}} TropeCodifier along with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''Anime/DinoZaurs''
* ''Manga/EtCetera''
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' -- the anime can go into many genres, but both the manga adaptations were published in Shōnen magazines.
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''
* ''Manga/FrankenFran''
* ''Manga/FukashigiPhilia''
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Alchemy themed, as well as a major contributor to anime tropes
* ''GGundam''
* ''Manga/GambleFish''
* ''Manga/GetBackers''
* ''Manga/GetterRobo''
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream''
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo''
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' -- Often mistaken as Seinen due to themes of child abuse and terrorism and bearing a superficial resemblance to ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
* ''{{Manga/Guyver}}''
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''
* ''Manga/HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory''
* ''Anime/HanasakuIroha''
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''
* ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion''
* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}''
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' -- Yes, ''THAT'' Highschool of the Dead. For all the violence and gorn, it was published as a Shonen series instead of {{Seinen}}.
* ''Manga/{{Horimiya}}'' - despite looking like a shoujo series, it is serialized in Monthly G Fantasy, a shonen magazine.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakuen}}''
* ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}''
* ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro''
* ''Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee''
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'': Soccer themed
* ''Manga/{{Joshiraku}}''
* ''Manga/{{Kagetora}}''
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}''
* ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}''
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo''
* ''KarakurizoushiAyatsuriSakon''
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl''
* ''Manga/KatteniKaizo''
* ''{{Manga/Kekkaishi}}''
* ''Anime/{{Kiba}}''
* ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' -- by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, a mangaka team well known for their work in {{Shojo}}.
* ''Manga/KimiToBoku''
* ''Manga/KongohBancho''
* ''Manga/KotaroMakaritoru''
* ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou''
* ''Manga/KuroganeCommunication''
* ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki''
* ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes''
* Live On Cardliver Kakeru
* ''Manga/LostBrain'' -- which is mistaken for {{Seinen}} for just about as much as ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* ''Manga/LoveHina''
* ''Manga/LuckyStar''
* ''Anime/MagicUsersClub''
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''
* ''Manga/MagimojiRurumo''
* ''Manga/MaiHime''
** ''Manga/MaiOtome''
* ''Manga/{{Major}}''
* ''Manga/MakenKi''
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- second run.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' -- again, has been mistaken with both Seinen and Shojo.
** ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''
* ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha''
* ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}''
* ''Manga/{{Megalomania}}''
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' -- Often mistaken as Seinen due to its violent and horrific content, and its spinoff series ''Mirai Nikki: Paradox'', is genuine Seinen.
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''
* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited''
* ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai''
* ''Manga/NekoDeGomen''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''- often mistaken as pure Seinen, but most of its manga adaptions as well as the anime are either Shōnen or Shōjo.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''
* ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou''
* ''[[Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo: Bewitched Agnes]]'' (a.k.a. ''My Wife is a Magical Girl: Bewitched Agnes'')
* ''{{Manga/Outlanders}}''
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' -- like many series published in [=GFantasy=], it has a MultipleDemographicAppeal and blends shounen and shoujo tropes with more mature storytelling.
* ''{{Anime/Patlabor}}''
* ''{{Anime/Phi Brain Kami No Puzzle}}''
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', which, along with ''Dragon Ball Z'', helped to popularize the genre in the West. While most of the series is halfway between this and {{kodomomuke}}, the Mega Evolution Special episodes are solidly shounen.
** ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''
** ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure''
** ''Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys''
** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''
** ''Manga/PokemonReBURST''
** ''Manga/PokemonZensho''
** ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu''
* ''Manga/PopcornAvatar''
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' -- the manga, [[{{Shojo}} ironically]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Tutu according to]] ThatOtherWiki.
* ''Anime/RaveMaster''
* ''Manga/RedEyes''
* ''Manga/RisingXRydeen''
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' -- the manga adaption was aimed at a younger male audience with heavy depictions of violence and gore.
* ''Manga/SaijouNoMeii''
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* Every work by RumikoTakahashi [[{{Seinen}} except for]] ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'':
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** ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** ''Manga/InuYasha''
** ''Manga/MermaidSaga'' -- Mistaken as Seinen due to its violent content
** ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''
** ''Manga/{{Rinne}}''
* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai''
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
* ''Manga/SgtFrog''
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' -- The earlier half.
* ''Manga/{{Shibatora}}'' -- Deals explicitly with some dark and mature content, but is serialized in a shonen magazine.
* ''Manga/ShindereShoujoToKodokuNaShinigami''
* ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}''
* ''Manga/SomedaysDreamers''
* ''Manga/{{Spiral}}''
* ''Manga/{{Spriggan}}''
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
* ''Anime/StarDriver''
* ''Manga/SteamDetectives''
* ''Manga/StopHibarikun''
* ''Manga/SuperDreadnoughtGirl4946''
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}''
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
* ''Anime/TenkuuSenkiShurato''
* ''Manga/ThereBeyondTheBeyond''
* ''Manga/TigerMask''
* ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'' -- until it switched publisher and became {{Seinen}}.
* ''Lightnovel/{{Toradora}}''-- Despite being a romantic comedy, the manga was serialized in a shonen magazine.
* The manga parts of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series:
** ''Manga/TouhouSangetsusei''
** ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou'' (all three parts)
** ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]''
** ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]''
** ''[[Literature/TouhouKourindouCuriositiesOfLotusAsia Curiosities of Lotus Asia]]'' technically a set of short stories rather than a manga, but was published in Shonen manga magazines.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' -- yes, despite the genre of the various series it's a crossover from it runs in Shōnen magazine.
* ''Manga/UltimateMopDaisukeDX'' -- an AffectionateParody of Shōnen tropes.
* ''Manga/UndertakerRiddle''
* ''Manga/UQHolder''
* ''Manga/WatashiNoMessiahsama''
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''
* ''Anime/VipersCreed''
* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches''
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan''
* ''Manga/YandereKanojo''
* ''{{Manga/Yotsuba}}''
* ''Manga/YowamushiPedal''
* ''Manga/ZatchBell''
* ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest''
* ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''
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