Do you ever notice a general theme that seems to play out in them? No? Well my girlfriend has and she started making a list and when she showed it to me I couldn't help but laugh. We started checking out more and coming across yet more and more series with the same general theme. There ARE exceptions but my freaking god, 3/4 of the stuff we've come across is the same! If there's a nice guy in the story you can bet your ass he's going to lose to the douchebag too!
Anyway, on to the list! Quotes are taken from the series' descriptions.
Desire climax - "To help out her desperately poor family, she takes on a part-time job. Then, one night, a boy snatches a kiss from her & offers her money, saying, "I'll buy you.""
Hanayomesama wa 16-sai - "the one waiting for her was Shinga, a super rich and hot guy, but also extremely arrogant and horrible. Suddenly, he declares that starting today, she's his wife, and he stole her first kiss?!"
Akutou Danshi Collection - "his dorm is known as "the city of crime,a place with no order where trouble is always happening. When the leader of the troublemakers Kazuomi, kisses Suzuno, things start to get really chaotic!"
S Kareshi Joujou - "After a lucky draw on her first visit to the hostel she became the school prince Shimchi's room mate. Although Shimchi looks like a gentleman that everyone admires, privately he may actually be a sadist! The defenseless lamb Chiaki has caught the eye of wild wolf Shimchi! She tries all sorts of methods to escape from him yet still finds herself unable to escape from Shimchi's kisses..."
Itazura no Kiss - "Aihara Kotoko has had a crush on Irie Naoki since freshman year. Ice-cold Naoki who hates girls and is a genius at practically everything from studies to sports. He gets the top score on every exam; and he's so smart, popular, and handsome that he's been class president every year. "
Mars - "Delinquent motorcyclist and playboy, Rei, gets ahold of one of her drawings, and actually wants to keep it"
Akuma de Sourou - "she's given her love letter to Takeru Edogawa who just so happens to be the school principal's son, head of the delinquents and the notorious "Prince of Attraction"!"
Hanatsuki Hime - "One day, while they were traveling, they suddenly meet an egoistic prince and a ring spirit...A Thousand and One Nights romance between the devil and the young girl."
Goong - "she has to marry the prince who apparently is a total bastard!"
Shinigami Lovers - "But suddenly, she got into a terrible accident, and the shinigami Sei fastened his chain of death onto her wrist! Sei may be hot, but he is a bit scary."
Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta - "she has been made fun of by Kaji Yukito who's the center of attention in the class. Rumors are that he was a delinquent during Middle school but he doesn't look like one."
Kemonotachi no Yoru - "she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the demonically possessed Sakura, a guy who would as readily rip apart his own parents as seek her healing embrace."
Asura - "Hot demonic lords appear one after another, all aiming for Haruka, who doesn't have a single relative!"
Sugar Addiction - "Armed with nothing but her wits and 500 won, she sets off, loses her money and has a run-in with a loud-mouth pretty boy"
Parfait Tic - "Fuuko is a happy and cheerful girl. One day, two cousins, Daiya and Ichi, move into the apartment upstairs. Cold Ichi and mischievous Daiya gave a very bad first impression!"
Ayahatori Shoukanjou - "what appears in front of her is a man with matchless beauty. Now she must learn to control her powers as well as learn how to live with a familiar with matchless aristocratic snark."
Idol-sama no Yoru no Okao- "Aya is totally in love with Zero, the sexiest idol in all Japan. Zero promises her to be her boyfriend only on one condition: by being his puppet and do whatever he asks her to do."
Bishounen no Oheya - "Sakurano Koyuki is the smart daughter of a poor family. In the latest exam, she came in second place, first place was snatched by snobby rich guy, Jinguu Itsuki! After kicking him for his bad manners, she discovers that she has to go work as a maid for a rich family...and it happens to be Itsuki's...?!"
Saesang Bring It On! - " (Strong and resilient) HyoYi is a poor girl with a scholarship to one of the most exclusive private schools, attended only by kids from the richest families. Then she meets MinHa.." <- Minha is the "Perfect face and body" "Ice Prince" king of the school. He's a rich, arrogant, sadistic and good-looking psycopath.
The Prince's Cactus - "Since young, Elian has been groomed to be the crown prince, filled with natural confidence; hmm, to speak better of it, he'd be said to be a distinguished speaker of good temperament. To put it bluntly, he's an arrogant person. Dan, on the other hand, is a girl whose father has left her for another woman, and she has to work for a living. "
Series without having the guys in their descriptions: *****SPOILER ALERTS*****
Hana Yori Dango - Poor Girl enters school where four rich super good-looking assholes rule through fear and terror. Nice guys and total strangers get assaulted, beaten up and sent to hospital with possibly permanent injury by these guys. One of the four douchebags isn't so douchebaggey and acts somewhat nicely to the Heroine. Forms corner of a love triangle with the fully douchebaggey douchebag. GUESS WHO SHE DOESN'T END UP WITH.
Kaichou wa Maid Sama - Heroine is poor and hard working. Male lead is a good looking, super-perfect, super-rich, creepy stalker possessive type arrogant pompous playboy prick. Nice guy enters the equation and creates a love triangle situation. GUESS WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH.
Yumeiro Patissiere - Male lead is a tsundere.
Beauty Pop - Shougo Narumi is a tsundere.
Peach Girl - Manipulative playboy enters the love triangle, kisses the heroine against her will and tries to break up the heroine and her (naive but very nice) boyfriend. GUESS WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH.
Kitchen Princess - Girl she initially likes is a very nice guy while the second is a rude tsundere bastard. GUESS WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH. GO ON, GUESS.
Lovey Dovey - Heroine is in love with a nice guy. Arrogant pompous prick comes along and tries to have sex with her, is intrigued by her refusal, calls her his woman and kisses her against her will. Haven't finished reading but we can already guess who she's going to end up with.
Feel free to add more series to the list!
Saesang Bring It On! - She goes "Why did you help me?" and he goes "I was raised in a very refined environment, so I can't stomach violence". I start laughing loudly going "Oh man, good one" since this was said AFTER he strangled her and almost killed a teacher.. then I realized he was being totally serious and she doesn't take it as a joke either. Look over at GF and she's got this massive "WTF" expression as well