Life, observed and examined. A cast of characters go about their [[DayInTheLife daily lives]], making [[SeinfeldianConversation observations]] and being themselves. [[WackyHomeroom School]] is perhaps the most common setting for these kinds of series, especially in animation. [[ComingOfAgeStory Coming of age]] is often a major part of their stories. They may have DeathByNewberyMedal.

What separates slice of life as a genre from the literal meaning of the phrase (which would encompass nearly all fiction) is the emphasis on the very moment, with the intent of focusing the audience on that moment rather than using that moment as part of a narrative. For example, a story about hilarious roommate hi-jinx may depict the mundane life of roommates, but these mundane events are usually the set-ups and punchlines of jokes or part of the conflict between the characters, which takes away their slice-of-life-ness and cements them firmly in the realm of comedy or drama.

Slice of Life series don't usually have much of a plot or, if taken to extreme, even the [[OmnipresentTropes omnipresent]] {{Conflict}}, but they don't really need one, and many SliceOfLife stories use a lack of conflict to serve peaceful {{escapism}} rather than realism. An example of this would be how in many slice of life school stories, parents are nearly non-existent. Most American newspaper comics that aren't simply gag a day strips are stories like this due to the simple fact that most people do not read newspapers every day and archives of comic strips are rare, so they need to be able to jump into the comic's world at any time and be able to appreciate it.

Slice of life also doesn't have to be set in the world as we know it. Several {{Webcomics}} are Slice of Life, while the ones labeled "RealLife" are usually not real life at all, but tend to fall into some brand of SpeculativeFiction, or at the least LifeEmbellished. Not to be confused with the JournalComic, although they may overlap. For a complete index, see SliceOfLifeWebcomics.

Surprisingly popular in Japan, so a lot of {{Anime}} fills this category. In longer-running action-based shows it is also becoming fairly common to incorporate SliceOfLife episodes to flesh out the characters by placing them in a more mundane setting. This often gets combined with a MoodWhiplash when the pace of the action picks up. See SchoolgirlSeries for a specific type of SliceOfLife. See also {{Iyashikei}}, which often overlaps with this trope. Compare and contrast with SoapOpera. Since [[ImprobablyFemaleCast the casts of such shows tend to be mostly if not entirely female]], English-speaking fans sometimes refer to them as "cute girls doing cute things".
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* [[SliceOfLifeWebcomics Webcomics]]

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'': Slice of Life as a teenage professional shogi player.
* ''Manga/AChannel'': Slice of high school girl life. Best summed up by the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfj4Il2qH-8 end credits]].
* ''Manga/AiShiteNight'': LoveTriangle slice of life with Rock 'n' Roll occasionally thrown in.
* ''Manga/AiRen'': Slice of life AfterTheEnd.
* ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'': Slice of scuba diving life.
* ''Manga/AoiHana'': Slice of GirlsLove life with a LoveDodecahedron.
* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'': Slice of Venetian {{terraform}}ed Mars life. With SceneryPorn. Lots and lots of SceneryPorn.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Slices of the lives of several girls in the same school, in the same English class together.
* ''Manga/BabyAndMe'': Slice of [[BigBrotherInstinct big brother]] life.
* ''Manga/{{BECK}}'': Slice of high school (on the first part of the manga, and almost all of the anime) and rock band life (which makes up most of the manga from the halfway part, and became an AbortedArc from the anime).
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'': Slice of [[NerfArm shinai]]-wielding life.
* ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari'': Slice of life with lots of CherryBlossoms.
* ''Anime/TheBorrowerArrietty'': Slice of life about a tiny daughter as she befriends a human and fight for her family's safety.
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop'': Slice of parental life
* ''Manga/CafeKichijoujiDe'': Slice of life about five {{Bishonen}} waiters working in the titular cafe.
* ''Anime/CandyBoy'': Slice of life with hints of [[GirlsLove lesbian]] {{twincest}}.
* ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'': The everyday life of a 9-year old girl, her family and her classmates in pre-Internet era Japan.
* ''Manga/ChibisanDate'': A slice of peaceful life on an island.
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'': Adorable kitty does adorable kitty things. Basically a kitty version of KOn.
* ''[[Anime/ShinChan Crayon Shin-chan]]'': Arguably, a slice of a 5-year old boy's life, as he makes everyone's lives impossible. HilarityEnsues!
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'': Slice of all-boys' high schooler life.
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Slice of tech-savvy, junior high-schooler life.
* ''Anime/DiamondDaydreams'': Slice of [[SceneryPorn Hokkaido]] life. Likely ''{{Piano}}'s'' closest contender in terms of purity.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': This is a reason why this was a unusual series; Consider that this is a Mon series, meant for kids, without "slapstick comedy" due to being as realistic as possible. Anime/DigimonAdventure also had bits of this, but mainly when it was directly affected. ''Tamers'' lets us get to know the cast and their lives as it eases us into the story, which goes on to become very exciting and epic. However, the introductory arc has a slower pace and more, well, slice of life tone. Some fans of ''Adventure'' and ''02'' had to be told ItGetsBetter.
* ''[[Anime/AnimalCrossing Dobutso no Mori]]'', a.k.a Animal Crossing: The Movie, details a girl moving into a village. No villain, only minor conflicts, and no general plot.
* ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'', excluding the out-of-place [[ParodyEpisode genre spoof episodes]].
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' starts out as a very mellow Slice of GiantRobot life anime. Around Episode 13 it starts picking up in action and darkness, and by Episode 25 it's turned into a nearly full-blown action series. This was intentional on the part of the creators, as they wanted to focus on what happens to characters before, during, and at the end of a war.
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'': Slice of {{bishonen}} swim club life.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': Slice of high school life.
* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'': Slice of daycare life.
* ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'': Slice of {{otaku}} life.
* ''Manga/{{Gingitsune}}'': Slice of life at a {{UsefulNotes/Shinto}} shrine.
* ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'': Slice of eccentric art school life.
* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'': Slice of after-life (according to the most common interpretation of the series).
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Slice of art school life, high school edition.
* ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}'': Slice of high school drama club life.
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'': Slice of art school life, college edition.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'': Slice of ElaborateUniversityHigh life.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakuen}}'': Slice of money-saving high school girls' life, with a dash of comedy and hint of {{ecchi}}.
* ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'': Slice of [[TheyFightCrime mystery-solving]], high school life. Notably, the protagonist prefers his slice of life to be a little more bland than other people's. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is him realizing that having an interesting life isn't so bad.
* ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'': Slice of four cute kids and their CoolBigSis's life.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Slice of life with an Idol twist.
* ''Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'': Slice of Parisian life
* ''Manga/InsideMari'': Slice of life combined with a [[{{Deconstruction}} terrifying take]] on FreakyFridayFlip.
* ''Manga/ItoshiNoKana'': Slice of life and life after death.
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'': Slice of divine life. Shinto-flavored, of course.
* ''Kaasan Mom's Life (Mainichi Kaasan)'': Follows the life of a [[MostWritersAreWriters manga author]] raising two young children.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' compresses this trope into a movie, and quite successfully so.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': A [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming heartwarming]], [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] slice of high school life.
* ''Manga/KimiToBoku'': A slice of boys' life, about a group of boys who've known one another since kindergarten living out their high school days in relative peace (and hijinks).
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'': Half VideoGame/{{Kirby}} kicking ass, half slice of the townspeople's life under an illegitimate monarchy. Contains a lot of subtle satire and social commentary.
* ''Manga/KokoroLibrary'': Slice of library-managing life.
* ''Manga/KOn'': Slice of all-girl high-school rock band life.
* ''Manga/KurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': Slice of dead people's lives and of the people who talk to them.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Lamune}}'': Slice of seaside summer life.
* ''Manga/LoveIsInTheBag'': Slice of high school life involving a girl who turns into a bag.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': [[ParodiedTrope Parody]] of slice of eccentric [[HighSchool schoolgirl]] life.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'': A slice of cute, romantic life.
* ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKoto'': Slice of magical life.
* ''Manga/MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora'': Slice of magical life, but with ''more drama'' still.
* ''Anime/ManabiStraight'': Slice of high school student council life TwentyMinutesInTheFuture.
* ''Manga/{{Minami-ke}}'': Slice of three sisters' lives in an apartment.
* ''Manga/{{Mokke}}'': Slice of ghost-haunted life.
* ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}'': Slice of college life with a guy who can see microbes.
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'': Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, it's a Slice of a group of {{Burger Fool}}s in a Shopping District that practice MundaneMadeAwesome life.
* ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou'': Slice of life about a boy who can see spirits, some obligations left to him by his grandmother, and his SnarkyNonhumanSidekick.
* ''Manhwa/NeedAGirl'': About four young men in their last year on High School, each trying to score a girlfriend.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'': Slice of ordinary life. Except it's anything but ordinary.
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Two girls move to a new place as they deal with the reality of their mother's sickness
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'': Slice of music school life.
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'': Slice of nostalgic life.
* ''Manga/OtasukeMikoMikoChan'': Slice of life of a gender-confused teenager who is also a MagicalGirl.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'': A slice of life depicting a class of high schoolers, but taken to ridiculous extremes and exaggerations.
* ''Literature/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'': A 19-years-old college freshman finds himself as the legal guardian of his three nieces.
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'': Slice of average teenager life meets slice of oddball fashion design student life.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': Slice of Humongous Mecha pilot life.
* ''Anime/{{Piano}}'': Slice of SliceOfLife life. Perhaps the purest anime-example of this trope one can find.
* ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'': Slice of astronaut life.
* ''Manga/{{Plica}}'': Slice of Japanese lesbian life.
* ''Manga/PrivateActress'': Slice of life centered on an highschool-aged actress who works on helping others keep up with their own lives.
* ''Anime/RealDrive'': Slice of cyborg life set on a tropical island in the GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex universe.
* ''Manga/SaintYoungMen'': Daily life in Japan as experienced by [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus]] and Buddha.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Slice of suicidally depressed, socially satirical life pumped [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs with crack and LSD]].
* ''Manga/SazaeSan'': Slice of life of a typical Japanese housewife at home with her parents, her very young siblings, her husband, and her child.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': Slice of romantic (often surreal) high school life.
* ''Manga/SchoolOfWaterBusiness'': Slice of high school life... in a school teaching adult entertainment.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Slice of life interweaved with DemonicInvaders, though drops the slice of life towards its final season.
* ''Manga/ShiroganeNoNina'': Slice of life of a {{NEET}} and his niece in the japanese countryside.
* ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe'': Slice of life with {{FunnyAnimal}}s at a cafe run by a polar bear.
* ''Manga/SilverSpoon'': Slice of life in an agricultural school.
* ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'': Like ''HoneyAndClover'' and ''HidamariSketch'', but with a FunnyForeigner and lots of cats.
* ''Manga/SpottedFlower'': Chronicling the life of a newlywed couple: an Otaku Husband and a fiery pregnant wife, and their love life.
* ''Anime/SoraNoWoTo'': Slice of 5 cute teen soldier girls garrisoned in a peaceful town life [[spoiler:except for the last 2 episodes]].
* ''Anime/SuperSonico'': Slice of the daily life of a college student who also works part time as a gravure model and plays rock music as a hobby. Granted, said college student happens to ''also'' be the mascot character of NitroPlus, but this little detail is never mentioned in-universe.
* ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'' features this, as it does with most genres. The best example is the chronological last episode, that was ''so'' SliceOfLife that it was ''boring'' (which was fully intentional).
** Season 2 has a "slice of Film/GroundhogDay life", or rather, ''eight'' of ''the same'' slice.
* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'': slice of photographing life.
* ''Literature/TheTatamiGalaxy'' is a slice of quirky College life, albeit with time rewinds.
* ''Anime/TriderG7'': Slice of a [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot]]-piloting KidHero's life.
* ''Manga/TsuribakaNisshi'': Slice of life fishing manga.
* ''Virgin Night'': Specifically life's [[{{Hentai}} sexual slices]]. Of the sort [[LighterAndSofter most people actually]] ''[[LighterAndSofter have]]''.
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'': Slice of [[{{Transsexual}} transchildren]] life.
* ''Manga/WifeAndWife'': The life of a young lesbian couple who have just moved in together.
* ''Anime/WindyTales'': Slice of wind manipulation life.
* ''Manga/WithTheLight'': Slice of life raising an autistic child.
* ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'' Slice of werewolf life, and their human mother.
* ''LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru'': Slice of life of a cynical pessimist in High School.
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'': [[XMeetsY Slice of]] [[CosyCatastrophe post-apocalypse]] life.
* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'': slice of summer-vacation-with-new-kid-in-town life.
* ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'': 8 of 12 episodes have high school friends hanging out in their small rural town.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' was largely SliceOfLife, but had a rather incongruous thriller subplot involving a conspiracy to take over the government.
* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' by Los Bros Hernandez started off as grab-bag of surrealism, SliceOfLife and MagicalRealism. With time, the SliceOfLife elements predominate.
* ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'' combines the SliceOfLife and {{Furr|yFandom}}ies. Oh yeah, and [[{{Yiff}} explicit sex scenes]].
** ''Shanda the Panda'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Omaha'', has a similar tone, but confines the sex scenes to their own title.
* Most issues of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' were actually SliceOfLife pieces, with the heroes and villains taking a back seat to the ordinary citizens just trying to keep their lives together in a world where superpowered beings attempt to save-and/or-destroy the world on a regular basis.
* ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor.''
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' superheroics become a background detail to Mary Jane's crush on the popular superhero Spider-Man.
* Some of RobertCrumb's autobiographical works, like ''Self Loathing Comics'' which was an autobiographical collaboration with him and his wife Aline.
* Roberta Gregory's ''Naughty Bits'', for the most part.
* ''ArchieComics'' follows a group of fifties-esque teenagers about their daily lives.
* ''[[TheFlash Impulse]]'' was intended to be this by Creator/MarkWaid, the character's creator (ie. primarily SliceOfLife with a dash of superhero). It worked, at first - some very memorable moments include Bart [[ItAmusedMe not-so-indirectly starting a massive schoolfight]] in #3, and [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1609089.html this]] story from #6 - but along the way it somehow mutated into primarily superhero with a [[IncrediblyLamePun dash of life]].
* Swedish indie comic writer Coco Moodysson's autobiographic comic book ''Coco Platina Titan Total'': several slices of teenage and early-20s life.
* ''GhostWorld''
* It can be argued that ''ScottPilgrim'' both subverts and plays this straight. While the world they live in is clearly a weird video gamed based society where everyone at the least has the potential for super powers, in their world, that is considered the norm. The main plot is essentially the lives and dynamic between all of the characters. When they aren't fighting, everything is actually quite normal, and is almost like a Canadian hipster version of ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* ''{{Zot}}'':
** One issue was called "Jenny's Day", and was just that: it showed Jenny get up in the morning, go to school, and showed an ordinary day in her life. It was made interesting by seeing her thoughts and how much she hated her life and would rather be living on Zot's world.
** Later issues of ''Zot!'', titled "The Earth Stories" did this, focusing on just one minor character and showing a sample of their life.
* The ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' series by Keith Giffen and J. M. [=DeMatteis=] had plots that dealt with these situations in a comedic way, such as [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] and Ice having a date at an ice show or the team going to a French language school.
* ''The Alcoholic''
* ''ComicBook/SunnyvilleStories'' is basically about the daily adventures of its two protagonists, Rusty and Sam. They have many daily adventures in their CloseKnitCommunity that usually are quite mundane and related to everyday life.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/{{Legacy}}'' begins and ends this way, hence the lengthy discourse on the [[SarcasmMode riveting]] subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
* Fanfic/{{Brainbent}} is slice of life in a psychiatric hospital for {{Homestuck}} characters.
* ''FanFic/PerfectCompanions'', a side story/sequel to ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', is much LighterAndSofter than the main fic, simply being a FramingDevice of Fluttershy taking care of her friends' pets while learning about how they got them.
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'' has a chapter near the end of the Jump City Arc showing how each of the Titans (and [[VillainProtagonist Midnight]]) go about their day-to-day lives. Though that said, it does tie into the main StoryArc through Robin preparing to become Red X [[spoiler: and is when we first find out Jinx is TheMole for [[TheConspiracy the White Glove]]]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Anything directed by YasujiroOzu can fit into this category quite well.
* ''Film/{{Friday}}''
* ''LindaLindaLinda''
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''
* ''AChristmasStory''
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}''
* The Cameron Crowe film ''Film/{{Singles}}''
* ''YiYi''
* ''FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
* ''MyBlueHeaven''
* ''Film/{{Amarcord}}''
* ''Film/TheCompany''
* ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene''
* ''[[HappyGoLucky Happy-Go-Lucky]]'': slice of [[AllLovingHero always cheerful]] [[GenkiGirl bubbly]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} CoolTeacher taking Driving Lessons life.
* ''Otoko wa Tsurai yo'' film series (literally, ''It's Tough Being a Man''). [[LongRunner From 1969 to 1995]], it had 48 different installments and held the title of "Longest Running Film Series". All of them are slice of life romantic comedies with nearly [[RecycledScript identical plots]].
* ''Always - Sunset on Third Street'' and its sequel.
* ''Film/AnnieHall''
* ''Wild Tigers I Have Known''
* The Sundance Film Festival movie, ''Life In A Day.'' The day? July 24th. The life? Hundreds of people across the world, recording their day.
* ''AnotherYear'' looks at the year of a HappilyMarried older couple living and working in North London and the people around them.
* ''Film/{{Dogtooth}}'' could be considered this. It's slice of isolated-from-the-world-and-living-in-a-walled-in-estate life, really.
* ''Film/FrancesHa'' is largely SliceOfLife. While there is definitely a story arc (primarily a character arc for the titular protagonist), much of the film consists of individual snippets of her life.
* ''Film/TheLongVoyageHome'', about a merchant ship in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, has some plot elements, like the ship's dangerous voyage through the U-boat infested Atlantic and Smitty the sailor's dark past, but there's no overarching story, just a portrait of a bunch of sailors trying to survive.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheBookThief'' is surprisingly slice of life, considering where [[NaziGermany it takes place]].
* MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Not so much the {{Sequel}} ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* ''{{Ulysses}}'': A slice of life cooked so rare the blood is still pumping.
* ''TheNo1LadiesDetectiveAgency'' series of books and also the ''Scotland Street'' series, both by Alexander [=McCall=] Smith, use this.
* A '''lot''' of children's books are like this. They may have titles like ''Literature/ThePlantThatAteDirtySocks'' or ''Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear'', but in the end, they're mostly stories about everyday life happenings, with whatever the title is about in the background as a recurring element, but not necessarily the dominant one.
** For example, ''Literature/TenWaysToMakeYourSisterDisappear'' is really about the everyday life of a girl who happens to have a bratty older sister. Some chapters don't mention the older sister at all, though she's still the main conflict in the story, just not the only one.
** ''[[Literature/OperationDumpTheChump Operation: Dump the Chump]]'' is about a boy who wants to get rid of his younger brother by pulling schemes like trying to convince a neighbor to adopt him, and things like that. Most of the story is really just about his life and plays out like a series of anecdotes that happen to involve him and his brother.
** ''NothingsFairInFifthGrade'' has the underlying plot of a morbidly obese girl who wants to be accepted, and the main character, who gradually comes to accept her, and tries to get others to do the same. But the book is just as much about everyday fifth-grade life portrayed realistically and in a fun way, with the totally random hitchhiking scene out of nowhere.
* Paula Danziger's fiction.
* ''Literature/AdrianMole'': slice of British early-teen-to-forties life.
* ''Nilda'' by Nicholasa Mohr is about a Puerto Rican preteen, the eponymous Nilda, living in Manhattan during World War II.
* ''BridgeToTerabithia'' stars two children and their made-of-imagination kingdom and the trials and tribulations of daily schoolkid life.
* The ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series is a [[OlderThanTelevision classical]] example: a slice of the life of a woman with writing ambitions (and, in later books, also those of her children and acquaintances) in the late 19th and early 20th century.
* ''RamonaQuimby'' is slice of elementary school life. The books take place in different years in grade school, from kindergarten to fourth, but all capture that year of life excellently while being very light-hearted.
* Despite the horrific murder that kicks of the plot, ''Literature/BoysLife'' is mainly about Cory's life in his hometown of Zephyr.
* ''Naive Super'' is a pretty purebred example.
* Subverted in Creator/PGWodehouse short story ''A Slice of Life''. The narrator tells a story about his brother's experiences (an adventure including a DamselInDistress, a DastardlyWhiplash, and a dash of MadScience) to show that such tropes occur a lot more commonly in daily life than people think.
* TamoraPierce's ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Protector of the Small]]'' quartet. Despite the fact that it's about a girl becoming a knight in a fantasy medieval world, there's essentially no overarching plot except for in the final book of the series.
* ''Literature/{{Stuck}}'' juxtaposes this together with the oddities rampant within Tre's life in Greyson City, which provides a lot of the humor in the first and second episodes.
* ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid.''
* ''Literature/ThisIsAllThePillowBookOfCordeliaKenn''
* ''Saturday'' by Ian [=McEwan=].
* ''TheBabysittersClub'': Slice of babysitters' life.
* EnidBlyton's ''TheChildrenOfCherryTreeFarm.''
* R.H. Barlow's ''TheNightOcean'' is a slice-of-life story set in Creator/HPLovecraft's uncaring cosmos.
* The ''MillyMollyMandy'' stories.
* ''Literature/BrownsPineRidgeStories'': In this particular case, a slice of life of a boy/young man growing up in rural southern Georgia during TheFifties and TheSixties.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Most sitcoms tend to be this.
* Season 6 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' dealt with the Scoobies day-to-day foray into grown up life.
* Season one of ''Series/{{Community}}'' had alot of this.
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'' (A slice of 1960's life)
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a Slice of Life in New York, as lived by a group of friends who became as tight as a family.
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' is a {{toku}}satsu superhero show with elements of SliceOfLife. The heroes fight monsters, but they and their allies also go about their daily lives. Any drama (to the extent that it is present at all) is very ordinary and everyday-like, in contrast to the more fantastic and more contrived drama seen in many {{tokusatsu}} shows.
* The British version of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' fits this model, being the mockumentary of an unexceptional office in a dreary little suburb. The American version continues with the basic premise but increasingly inserts more outlandish sitcom situations.
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''. Only Lindsay has a really pronounced character arc by the time the series ends.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}},'' which might as well be the TropeMaker for {{SitCom}}s.
* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' is the trope maker for the DomCom. All previous ones were of the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' variety where the comedy revolves around an out of the ordinary circumstance, event, or scheme.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Frequently an episode will be centered entirely around a conversation sprinkled with flashbacks to random events in the character's lives.
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''
* ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}''.
* ''Series/MyPlace'' is this for children's HistoricalFiction. The series as a whole stretches from 2008 to past 1788. Some episodes are about big, life changing events, but many are basically about kids getting up to all sorts of fairly harmless shenanigans, and all focus on the kids' daily lives.
* ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is really about the minor adventures of how socially awkward geniuses go about in activities they are unfamiliar with. Especially in earlier seasons, you see them playing games or hobbies with no other plot than just to see them having fun (the ''{{World of Warcraft}}'' episode opener being a standout).
* ''Series/That70sShow.''
* ''Series/HappyDays.''
* ''Series/MySoCalledLife.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* A large number of CountryMusic songs can fit under this trope. A good example is "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar.
* [[Music/PinkFloyd "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast"]] is simply a collage of a roadie having breakfast and reminiscing.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', although the slice got more and more [[{{narm}} overcooked]] as time went on.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' loved this. Of course, the lives we see slices of are weird beyond belief. This ''is'' Gary Larson.
* ''ComicStrip/OneBigHappy'' is about the life of 6 year old Ruthie. Unlike in other comics, the kids in this comic mostly act and speak their age.
* Charles Schultz's ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', in both comic and cartoon versions, was the story of a small group of friends walking around and dealing with each other's problems. Except with canine fighter pilots.
* ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''.
* Requested by ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} in [[http://garfield.nfshost.com/1992/03/20/ this strip:]]
-->Jon: I'll have the spaghetti, Irma\\
Irma: Do you want that on a plate?\\
Jon: Of course I do!\\
Irma: '''Well excuse me, mister picky'''!\\
Jon: '''Is it too much to be accorded the same amenities others get?! I'm a person too, you know!!'''\\
Garfield: I'll just have a small slice of life, thank you
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine is based around playing characters like sun goddesses, mad scientists, ghost-witches and the like in a slice-of-life setting.
* In GoldenSkyStories the player characters are magical animals in a quiet town, helping the residents solve their everyday problems.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''The Time Of Your Life''
* ''Theatre/{{Company}}''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''AnimalCrossing''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Delicious}}'' series. Since ''Delicious 2'' to be exact.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''
** and conversely ''RuneFactory''
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
* ''{{Shenmue}}''
* ''SteambotChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
** Most sim/construction games in general, fantastic disasters like UFO or monster attacks notwithstanding.
* ''VideoGame/{{Photopia}}'' is mainly this, though it interlaces the everyday events of the characters' lives with a children's sci-fi [[ShowWithinTheShow story within the story]].
* ''LocoRoco 2'' had extra cutscenes which included mostly that and described as "view of everyday life of the planet".
* ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' puts a lot of emphasis on this, despite its [[LowFantasy fantastic setting]].
* Most "Tycoon" games tend to be this since your goal is to be a [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou successful businessman]] and the only thing holding you back is your own incompetence.
** ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'': Trying to make a successful zoo.
** ''VideoGame/FishTycoon'': Trying to be successful fish breeder and salesman.
** ''VideoGame/SeaWorldTycoon'': Trying to create a successful Sea World theme park.
** ''RollercoasterTycoon'': Trying to create a successful Rollercoaster theme park.
** and many more...
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}}'' and ''Fist Alpha'' are pretty much about the everyday life of a [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Green Beret]] in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]].
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' is set up like this... until the horror elements begin showing up and it more or less drops the pretense by Kai.
* The first part of ''VisualNovel/KiraKira'' with the second part dealing with the casts struggle as a band and the third part being a bit darker.
* Shizune's route of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has elements of this, which the route's detractors frequently cite as shortcomings. It makes sense, though, as Shizune is said to compartmentalize events of her life and live in the moment, thus not realizing the implications [[spoiler:her rejecting Misha's LoveConfession has on their relationship, or how her developing relationship with Hisao might exacerbate the problem]].
* Many Moege's can feel like this during the common route when it usually is just the protagonist, potential love interests and other friends messing around with the plot only picking up during the character routes. Examples include MyGirlFriendIsThePresident, the DaCapo series and MuvLuv (Extra, obviously).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WithTheAngels'' is mostly about the protagonist making observations about the people she meets during her stay in California.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' is a ''very'' detailed and [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] first-person story about college life in a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]''-like setting.
* The original ''[[WebAnimation/RatboyGenius Ratboy's Kingdom]]'' centered around the title character's fairly peaceful life.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
This trope is commonly invoked when it's an educational book/TV series targeting little kids and is well loved among children book writers and children show producers alike. For example, take Jumbo Pictures'/Cartoon Pizza's show lineup:

* ''PBAndJOtter''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus JoJo's Circus]]''
* ''Pinky Dinky Doo''
* ''Series/AllegrasWindow''

All of them follow the SliceOfLife format almost to a T (and may make use of gratuitous amounts of Imagination Sequence scenes).

Other educational book/TV series that uses this format:
* ''[[AngelinaBallerina Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps]]''
* ''[[BerenstainBears The Berenstain Bears]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
* ''SpotTheDog'' -- Excluding ''[[ChristmasSpecial Spot's Magical Christmas]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
* ''CliffordTheBigRedDog'' and its ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' prequel series -- Yes, there's a breakage in that there's a big red dog and AmazingTechnicolorWildlife, but even the dogs face human problems.
* ''DanielTigersNeighborhood''
* ''DocMcStuffins'' - toys brought to life by a magic stethoscope notwithstanding.
* ''DragonTales'' -- Dragons and magic notwithstanding.
* ''{{Franklin}}'' -- Again excluding the ChristmasSpecial, ''Franklin's Magic Christmas''. And oh, the VerySpecialEpisode, or Special Movie in this case, ''Franklin and The Turtle Lake Treasure''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HollyHobbieAndFriends''
* ''{{Humf}}''
* ''{{Madeline}}'' -- Well, there are a a dozen or so episodes excluded.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3''
* Most episodes of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic
* ''SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'' -- The fact that they are cats in the 18th century notwithstanding.
* ''{{Pocoyo}}'' -- Most of the time.
* ''StrawberryShortcake'' -- The 2003 and 2009 series, with certain episodes excluded.
* ''CareBears''-- Most of the ''Adventures In Care-A-Lot'' episodes fits this trope and it's often true of the followup ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld
* ''StickinAround'' -- The series itself is built around the ImagineSpot.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCentsables'': As a Episodic EdutainmentShow focusing on banking taking the time to explore the {{Animal Superhero}}es day to day jobs as clerks, financial advisors, guards, et cetera is much more important than establishing a central conflict.

And hundreds of other examples. Anime isn't the only medium to have this many examples.

Non-little-children-targeting examples include:
* Early FunnyAnimal cartoons like ''OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'', ''FlipTheFrog'' and ''MickeyMouse'' often featured the characters in everyday situations.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', most of the time. An entire episode revolved around them waiting for a tv show to come on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', especially the early episodes which contained lots of improvisation.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', save TheMusical and its BizarroEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' zig-zags the hell out of this trope, as it alternates between the ordinary and surreal at the drop of a hat.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''
* ''WesternAnimation/OutThere'' is like A slightly more risque and vulgar Regular Show without the fantasy elements.
* ''{{Birdz}}'' is a pretty straight example of a five-member bird family, focusing mainly on the middle child (a 10-year-old bird named Eddie) and his adventures both in school and out.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' usually has this plot, even if it involves the Bad Piggies trying to steal the birds' eggs as usual.
* WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily for the most part, especially prominent in the earlier episodes.
* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy in the DavidZuckerman era (1999-2002).
* WesternAnimation/AmericanDad qualifies as this, despite a few surreal elements.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb was this mostly in its first season. By the second season, it became this mixed with surreal concepts, and by the third season, became even less of this and more comedy focused.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' may very well be the most down-to-earth cartoon running right now, with most plots dealing with trivial things like going to the supermarket, school or hanging out with friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has a recurring segment called "Slice of Life with Pizza Steve", which involves the titular Pizza Steve in his everyday...which consists of annoyin Mr. Gus and making himself look good, such as saying he has "thick, luxurious hair", which is really his pet rabbit.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Most days in most people's lives follow this pattern of storytelling.
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