Nendoroids are series of chibi figures released back in 2006 by GoodSmile starting with Nendoroid Neko Ark from Tsukihime (with the numbers "000" and "001"). Like Figma, they are of various characters, usually from anime and games, though they also are of characters from movies and books. Like their taller counterparts, nendoroids are poseable with exchangeable faces, body parts, and etc. The series also spans into other products like plushies, smaller figures called Nendoroid Petite, play-sets called Nendoroid More, and video games based on the designs.
Tropes associated with Nendoroid:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The Harry and Ron nendoroids are based off of their appearance in the Harry Potter films.
- Ascended Fanon: This is best seen the Touhou nendoroids, considering one of Aya and Yuuka's alternate faces is based off of a meme that started with a fankoma and Patchouli's nendoroid having glasses.
- Animesque: The nendoroid versions of characters based characters from non-anime works become this (i.e the Disney Princesses, the Harley and Joker from Suicide Squad (2016), etc)
- Does Not Like Shoes: Like her game counterpart, Cirno's nendoroids have her wearing socks (167, her first version) and barefooted (167-b, her suntanned version).
- Fun Size: This(and the same template is used by more than one manufacturer). Anything added to the line becomes a Moe-fied version of itself through the tried-and-true process of "inflate head until it's roughly the size of the rest of the body."
- Mark of the Beast: Probably unintentional but Elias Ainsworth's nendroid's number is "666"
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover:Bandai Namco Entertainment's Nendoroid Generation is an obscure PlayStation Portable crossover RPG where you can see characters from Haruhi Suzumiya, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, The Familiar of Zero, Steins;Gate, Black★Rock Shooter, Dog Days, Fate/stay night, and even the popular doujin series which is the Touhou Project, in cute Nendoroid forms in a story that no one seems to bother understanding. Part of the reason for the game's obscurity lies in the fact that it was never given an English version, nor did anyone make an English patch.
- Meganekko: Many but a notable case is Patchouli's nendoroid having red glasses, even though we don't see her wear these in-game
- Super-Deformed: Being that they're smaller versions of the characters they're based on, this trope comes with the territory.
- You Are Not Alone: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku (Support Version) Nendoroid's flag says this. The Nendoroid was redistributed with special pom-poms and a flag to support the relief for the victims of the 2011 Sendai Tsunami and Earthquake. For every Nendoroid purchased, GSC donated ¥1,000 (about $12.00 USD) to The Red Cross in Japan. 74,394 were ordered, meaning GSC donated a whopping ¥74,384,000 (about $913,260 USD).
- You Are Number 6: Each nendoroid does have a number that comes with their release.