Being a main character means finding oneself in a favorable position for the reasons irrelevant to - if not despite of - one's own actions, followed by 13 to 16 years of never standing out in a good way. The life-changing event often involves a particularly attractive member of the opposite sex, with whom the main character is either only now getting involved with, or redefining their existing relationship. It is not unusual for this subject of attraction to stand out in some way, whether it is for their wealth, influence, abilities, or popularity. The reason may also be an unique trait likable to us readers, but bothersome for the other characters.
Here are some examples of how this fated meeting may take place:
- Being introduced by a common friend, who is unreasoanbly confident the two will get along while the evidence points to the contrary. The meeting will either results in a mutual despise, or only the main character being disliked by the other. The same holds true even if the two have met in prior to this friend's intended introduction.
- The main character accidentally finds out the other character's embarrassing secret. This may either be the previously mentioned first encounter, force the main character to get involved with the said secret, or does both.
- An old childhood friend is very keen to the main character, possibly because the two have not seen each other in a long time. The main character is almost certainly surprised on how attractive this friend has grown to be. On the contrary to the physical maturity, the said friend is very child-minded, if not childish. This becomes abundantly apparent in the way they express friendly affection, unaware of their physical charm, and the effect it has on the main character. They may enter the bath together, as they would back when they were children. They might share the bed with the main character as with a sibling. They might even engage in activities otherwise seen only among couples, like asking a guy's help to unhook the bra, or not being bothered by having her breasts pressed against him.
But none of this would be completed without some needless fanservice, more or less established reason for the main character to resist the temptations before them, and a perverted friend telling them to just give in. Let us also not forget a few more potential romantic interests doomed to lose the first girl. Add a romantic rival, and troublesome parents for an additional spin, and you have yourself a prime example of a generic romantic comedy series.