31 Pop-Culture Tropes We’ve Had Just About Enough Of

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31 Pop-Culture Tropes We’ve Had Just About Enough Of

Tropes. The gifts that keep on giving. Well, our stocking is stuffed to the brim with these ones, so please, no more! Maybe the entire entertainment industry should take a year off to drum up new ways to tell their stories. When they present us with a fresh batch, we’ll allow the cameras to roll again.

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WORST REALITY TV TROPES IMMEDIATE DISTRUST Contestants distrusting people they got along well with is an easy way of manufacturing cheap drama. No explanations, no acknowledgment of context - just quick, unreflecting distrust. This is especially clear in trust-based reality shows, like Survivor. CRACKED.COM

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STAR WARS REVENGE OF THE SITH WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A NIGHTMARE SO INTENSE THAT YOU CONSTANTINE JOLT UP 90 DEGREES FROM YOUR BED? HOW ABOUT... NEVER? THE RING CRACKED.COM

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Lost Tropes Sci-Fi food pills Like flying cars, jet packs, or a sustainable future, full meals in pills are a forgotten trope from older, more naive sci-fi. Just pop a couple and you're done! SUGAR ATOES CHICKEN PIE CRACKED.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 Then it hits you: this trope is so outdated, it was mocked in Airplane!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 AWFUL BIOPIC TROPES SANITIZING HISTORY Some dirt makes for good storytelling, like drugs and (straight) sex. Anything too risky for normie audiences, however, needs to be cleaned up. The Dirt ignored the misogynistic violence, Bohemian Rhapsody's treatment of Freddie Mercury's sexuality was just insulting, and we all know what they will ignore in the inevitable Michael Jackson biopic.

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CRACKED.COM AWFUL BIOPIC TROPES TRAUMA AS MOTIVATION Genius is explained by trauma, right? Because that seems to be a narrative staple of biopics. Every traumatic incident in your life and every mistake you make pushes you towards your destiny of greatness.

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amount - - - - NETSUITE NETSUITE - AtAletic AWFUL BIOPIC TROPES INNOCENT PEOPLE GET TURNED INTO VILLAINS Every movie needs a villain, which makes it tricky when real people face several enemies or even entire systems. In that case, you can condense every challenge into one character, even if its real-life inspiration wasn't really an enemy. Movies that have screwed over real people include Cinderella Man, Moneyball, Dog Day Afternoon, and Ed Wood. CRACKED.COM

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