!! Small Reference Pools from Anime and Manga:
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' is the only HumongousMecha anime show you can count on anybody knowing about. Depending in the country, people may or will know about or have heard of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (or ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''), ''Anime/GoLion'' (or ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''), ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (or ''Tranzor Z''), ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' (or ''Anime/{{Grandizer}}'', ''Goldorak'' or ''Goldrake''), ''Manga/GetterRobo'' (or ''Starvengers''), ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' (or ''El Vengador''), ''Anime/CombattlerV'', ''Anime/VoltesV'', ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' (or ''Starbirds''), ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', and newer {{Mecha Show}}s will often include cameos or shout-outs to any of them. The rest of HumongousMecha series are mostly known to anime mecha fans, only.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is the only MagicalGirl series ever done. And the only ShoujoDemographic series.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' are the only {{Shonen|Demographic}} known by pretty much everybody, not matter the age or place. ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''... are also fairly well-known among the general public. The rest of shonen manga? Not much.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' is the only soccer or sports manga ever made. Okay, ''Manga/SlamDunk'' is another sports manga but they are the only ones. Seriously.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is the only sci-fi anime involving star ships and interstellar travel.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' is the only series of the "armored warriors" subgenre. If you are American, replaces ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' with ''Anime/RoninWarriors''.
* Apparently, to those not all that familiar with it, ''all'' {{Anime}} and {{Manga}} are either [[AnimationAgeGhetto geared towards children]] like ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' or {{Hentai}}. Which tends to be why fans of anime and manga are AcceptableHobbyTargets. Or more broadly, all anime, as opposed to "cartoons", which anime technically is, is for adults (and thus not appropriate for children), a stigma that exists among both anime fans and mainstream society. It's just the opposite, in fact. Because of cultural and societal differences, what Japan considers "family-friendly" is similar, but not entirely the same as the western definition. Often, those same people use the words "anime" and "manga" interchangeably, or not even realise that the word "manga" exists. (They're used interchangeably in Japan. Japanese people often use the word "manga" in much the same way English speaking people would use the word "cartoon", which refers to both comics, animation, or any other kind of drawing.)
* Don't you know? All anime is sci-fi with 50 foot tall neural-interfacing robots.
* Many people who aren't big anime fans have only heard of ''Pokémon'', ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''Anime/SailorMoon''. And most of these people believe that ''Dragon Ball Z'' refers to the entire ''Dragon Ball'' franchise, when it's really just the second of three series, after the original ''Dragon Ball'' but before ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
* Speaking of ''Pokémon'': Even though there are at least 150 basic Pokémon species, the great majority of non-anime fans have only heard of Pikachu (most likely because of his mascot status). Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander might also be mentioned. It's also not widely known that Pokémon can actually mutate, and that Pikachu's "upgraded" form is Raichu, who is orange instead of yellow.
* To a number of anime fans, all Japanese "anime" is ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', or any other show, movie or OVA that has graphic violence, swearing (though that's more of an issue with dubbed anime; it's a long story), nudity, and/or other "adult content" that one (usually) wouldn't see in a western "cartoon".
* Depending on who you ask, anime and manga didn't begin until the 1980s or 1990s. [[OlderThanTheyThink Manga has been around since early 1900's, and anime since the 1950s at least. Maybe even longer.]]
* The only anime that Creator/StudioPierrot has ever made are the aforementioned ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', maybe even ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' depending on who you ask. In Japan, they're actually more remembered for a series of MagicalGirl shows they made in the 1980s (with one revival series in 1998). Ever heard of ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''? Yep, that was them. ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs''?
* ''Anime/LupinIII'' is the only anime TMS ([[TMSEntertainment Tokyo Movie Shinsha]]) has ever made. Or on the American side, that ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' and Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket are the entirety of the ''Franchise/LupinIII'' Franchise.
* Amongst Japanese viewers, Eiken (not the anime OVA, but the studio) tends to be known more for ''Manga/SazaeSan'' these days (it IS Japan's [[LongRunner longest-running]] anime TV series). Back when they were called TCJ, they made once show that is still very well remembered in Japan to day: ''Tetsujin 28-go'' (AKA: ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'').
* Fans who know about Toei tend to really only think of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' (AKA: ''Golion'' and ''Anime/DairuggerXV''; two unrelated shows) ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the aforementioned ''Manga/DragonBall'' (especially ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Z]]''), ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''Anime/PrettyCure'' (although that's more specific to Japan). Some might remember ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (dubbed as ''Tranzor Z'' for English speaking countries), or even ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' (and then, fans may likely only know the later OVA from the 1990s), hardcore fans might know that they are responsible for animating GIJoe and TheTransformers.
* If it isn't ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' or ''BattleOfThePlanets'' (or ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''), then ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (or rather ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'', ''[[Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada Mospeada]]'', and ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross Southern Cross]]'') was the only show Creator/{{Tatsunoko|Production}} made (and then, the latter may or may mot have been work-for-hire). Some may remember ''Anime/{{Superbook}}'' (which tends to be talked about more than its companion series ''Anime/FlyingHouse''), but may not know that that was a Tatsunoko production.
* And don't expect it to be called anime if it's ''Manga/AstroBoy'' or any of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's works.

!!Aversions and notable exceptions of this trope from {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}:
* Averted in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', mostly in the novels. We have a story which uses Euler's Planar Graph Formula as a plot device. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is mentioned in another short story extremely casually, and half the historical references are of Japanese history. Best of all, Yuki's books always refer to the current plot, like when she reads ''Literature/{{Hyperion}}'' in ''Melancholy''. Koizumi, especially in ''Melancholy'', peppers his words with philosophy, like the Anthropic Principle and the Omphalos Hypothesis. Even the title sequence for the first season isn't spared. Read up about it in the GeniusBonus and the ViewersAreGeniuses page.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', an anime based around a MagicalGirl Ballerina, smashed this trope. Classical music serves as almost all of the background music in the show, and while a number of famous works are included (for example, {{Tchaikovsky}}'s ''Nutcracker'' and ''Swan Lake''), both more obscure composers (Smetana, Mussorgsky, Satie) and less-popular works from famous composers (Beethoven's Egmont Overture). And it features a lot of ballets, from ''Giselle'' to the aforementioned ''Cinderella'' to ''Coppelia''.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' naturally also uses works not by Beethoven & Mozart. The animators love "Veni, creator spiritus" from Mahler's 8th, for example, a fact that escapes the Other Wiki's notice. And Purcell's ''Abedlazar''...
* The GagDub of ''[[Anime/ShinChan Crayon Shin-chan]]'' includes references to many obscure things, all the way to making a reference to ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}''. An interview by one of the writers said they deliberately tried to avoid this.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' features cameos and references to well known Japanese celebrities, but also much more obscure ones (one of the sadistic antagonists reading Trevor Brown probably takes the cake).
* The fairy tale anthology anime ''Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics'' included many obscure fairy tales such as "The Iron Stove" and "Jorinde and Joringel", in addition to well-known ones like "Cinderella" and "Snow White."
* Meta example: The Japanese surname "Yagami" is spelt with the kanji for "eight" and "god" -- so, 八神, "eight gods"; it turns out to derive from a placename. However, most Western anime fans first encounter it through [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]], who spells it with the kanji for "night god." This has resulted in at least two [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha similarly]]-[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters named]] characters on this very wiki being written up with incorrect name meanings of "night god." Whoops.
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