35 TV and Movie Cliches Used to Great (or Disastrous) Effect

35 TV and Movie Cliches Used to Great (or Disastrous) Effect

We never want to be those people who say, “It’s all been done before,” because there’s a lot of new, groundbreaking stuff goin’ down in the entertainment realm. But try as they might to be as original as possible, there are some parts of visual storytelling that just can’t be messed with. Will creators put their nonconformist twist on them, or will they succumb to the same ol’ tropes and cliches that make our eyes roll all the way back? Tune in to find out!

Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) The Matrix (1999) FADE TO EDGY THEME SONG The Simpsons lampooned this action movie cliché with the (historically accurate) Zorro rap. But we have to give it to The Matrix: ending a subversive action movie with Rage Against the Machine kicking in is art. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM AWFUL BIOPIC TROPES THE MOMENT OF TRUTH Just as our hero is about to lose their shot, they manage to prove their genius in one single moment of truth. Examples appear in Coal Miner's Daughter and Walk the Line, but people going from mocking Ray Charles to jumping up to dance during his audition scene borders on self-parody. .COM

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Lost Tropes Flashback stare Suddenly invaded by flashbacks of 'Nam or Cats, you just stare at nothing with dead eyes. Then it hits you: this trope is so outdated, it was mocked in Airplane! CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM GOTH GIRLS KNOW DARK MAGICI Bellatrix Lestrange Nancy Random spell caster Black Alice AND ARE ALL BAT-SHIT CRAZY.

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Looking to score some drugs? HIGH SCHOOL NIP/TUCK Just find a tattooed guy! AMERICAN DAD I CRACKED COM

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Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) GETTING CAUGHT WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG This was already tiring when Star Trek Into Darkness and Skyfall did it. In The Avengers it was kinda- sorta interesting, but nothing really compares to the Joker being captured as part of his overall plan (which he totally doesn't have, pinky swear). The Dark Knight (2008) CRACKED.COM

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Tired Tropes (And The Movies That Pulled Them Off) JUMP SCARES Even horror movies pushing for quality and originality often ruin their surprises with the cheap trick of loud noises. But the videocam scene in this masterpiece is just an earned and clever jump scare. The Descent (2005) CRACKED.COM

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Masterfully Subverted Tropes Big Little Lies Mean rich lady During the first season, Laura Dern's Renata is an uptight, snobbish rich lady, particularly focusing her classist scorn on Shailene Woodley's Jane. By the end of the season, however, she realizes she was wrong, apologizes, and offers friendship like an actually fallible human being. We were not ready for such emotional maturity, to be honest. CRACKED.COM

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Masterfully Subverted Tropes The uptight principal Two years after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Robert Downey Jr. continued the trope subversion by playing Principal Gardner in this teen dramedy. Unlike, say, Dean Rooney in Ferris Bueller, Gardner is not a bitter villain, but a nuanced principal clearly going through some stuff. And indeed, RDJ gives this kind of character an unusual depth. Charlie Bartlett CO d CRACKED.COM

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