Goofs : All time greatest clichés part 2

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People who act shocked when someone interrupts them in a conversation like it just never happens. I am always telling my parents or siblings something when one of them walks in and asks something or says something and I just usually wait. In movies, the actor will act like "Oh my, God, I've never before experienced someone cutting in on me before'

For some reason, it seems like this happens a lot on TV series- like CSI/NCIS ones.

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Falling off a building

or jumping will lead to the jumper landing on the roof of a car. Smack dab in the middle of the roof of a car. Every time. Not to the left. Not to the right. Not in between vehicles but smack dab in the middle of the roof of a car.

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People who have affairs with someone else because they suddenly "fall in love" with them are okay- they're not scumbags or wrong for doing it. Women typically are the most extreme when watching a movie like that. A guy in a film falls for another chick and messes around and (rightly) a lot of people are like "Oh, what a pig" but if a woman in a love story or drama is married and sleeps around with some soft guy, a guy like me who watches may say "That's wrong, though" and the woman will always say about the girl in the movie "Yeah, but she loves him, though." Ohhh, so that's acceptable



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oh yeah that's the rule of when a man cheats it's because he's a pig and when a woman cheats it's because the man is a pig.

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Exploding barrels. Enough said.

Killers never shut the door all the way

After the bad guy kills someone he leaves the building but he has a hard time closing the door all the way. So when someone comes knocking at the (seemingly closed) door it swings open. At that point the person who knocks somehow takes this as an invitation to enter and snoop around. He then walks around the house until he finds the dead body.

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Military vs Scientists (vs the Alien/Unknown)

This is a favorite of movie makers. As a guess I'd say the ratio goes with 80% of the time the scientist are the heroes of the movie. The storyline happens two ways depending on who's the hero.

When the alien/unknown (will be referred to as Others for now on) shows up our heroic and handsome scientist urges understanding and outreach towards the Others. The greasy, cigar chomping, military ape will scream "SHOOT IT!" or even "NUKE IT!" All this aggressive behavior will make the harmless fluffy bunny of Others to magically transform into godlike beings who smite down mankind and all their defenses. Oh if only we had listened to the enlightened scientists! Depending on how attractive the scientists are mankind might be saved through a trillion to one chance the scientist take. Usually something like laying down all our weapons and prostrating ourselves to the Others to show we are really stupid but harmless. And the aliens being better than humans in all ways forgive us.

The second storyline usually has the Others show up and immediately start blowing things up. Our handsome and brave soldiers run about saving civilians more often than not sacrificing themselves in doing so. A plan is formed on how to defeat the Others but the scientists insist that we must learn from the Others or we were ones who actually started the hostilities. So the scientist sabotages the plan and lots and lots of people die. The scientist is usually killed by his own act of sabotage or eaten by the Others (Justice!) A new plan is formed on the fly, a lot more soldiers sacrifice themselves, and the world is saved.

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1) I think it has been mentioned, but whenever a man and woman in a film have sex, they always climax together.
2) The slow motion hair flick and cheesy grin from the woman when a guy notices her from a distance.
3) Even the dumbest person in the film can always hack into the Government files within 5 seconds, with no computer knowledge what so ever.
4) If a guy plays a part in an action movie, the finale is ALWAYS him leaping from 50ft with a tidal wave flame behind him (in slow motion).

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When someone is driving in a major city, there's never traffic, or grid lock, and they can find parking in front of major buildings. It doesn't matter that it's during the day, the parking rules are never in effect.

Female costar/interest always, slim attractive, never fat and ugly.

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A new guy starts working at a grocery store or amusement park or burger joint or something like that and there's always a pretty girl who automatically flirts with the guyshe's never not interested and if she is, she becomes interested (I know it would be boring if the movie was simply about a guy who liked a girl and she just never returned anything and that was it, but I'm not saying that here anyhow) or the nice pretty girl has a jerk for a boyfriend and wishes he could be somebody sweet like the nice, new guy is. I think something closer to real life, at least from what I've experienced a few times is that the girl in this case would not really seem to mind that her boyfriend treats her like crap or doesn't mind ENOUGH to leave him and go with a nicer guy.

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Everyone always has the *exact* amount of change/cash when paying for something or a taxi fare.


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The omnipresent monster/killer

This guy is everywhere! Our heroes/victims could be trying to get out of town, out of a large building, or even someplace as big as a national park but the monster killer will always be one step ahead of them. Heck their could be a group of people who split up into 3 smaller groups going different directions and that monster killer will manage to track down all three of them to harass or kill them. Not only is this monster/killer all knowing to what are heroes are up to but also super fast to get ahead of them (all of them) to stop them.

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Ha Ha Ha! I like you!

There is a large gruff, overbearing, possibly violent man with a heavy beard and crazy eyes. Our hero seems timid at first but eventually stands up to the guy. Large crazy bearded guy's face screws up, looks angry, then his gruff exterior fades as he throws his head back, puts his hands on his hips, and laughs a long deep baritone laugh. He then smiles and says "I like you!" He then becomes quite amiable but still a bit rough as he slaps our hero on the back in friendship. But our new gruff friend doesn't know his own strength so the back slap pains our hero who smiles wanly and tries to hide how much pain he is in.

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There is a large gruff, overbearing, possibly violent man with a heavy beard and crazy eyes. Our hero seems timid at first but eventually stands up to the guy. Large crazy bearded guy's face screws up, looks angry, then his gruff exterior fades as he throws his head back, puts his hands on his hips, and laughs a long deep baritone laugh. He then smiles and says "I like you!" He then becomes quite amiable but still a bit rough as he slaps our hero on the back in friendship. But our new gruff friend doesn't know his own strength so the back slap pains our hero who smiles wanly and tries to hide how much pain he is in.


Completely averted by CHIKARA during Season 14. The focus of the storyline that year was CHIKARA vs. the Flood, an amalgamation of heel groups out to destroy CHIKARA. The leader was a big masked monster called Deucalion (Stephen King). At King of Trios Night II, the Greenhorn Militia (Equinox III, Create-A-Wrestler II and Kid Cyclone) called out Deucalion, going so far as to call him a "COWARD." Deucalion answered and they attacked him, even pulling off his mask to reveal a bald, bearded guy with black eyes. He proceeded to destroy C-A-W II and Equinox III with the Chokebreaker.(Note: Kid Cyclone resurfaced at the 2014 Season Finale CHIKARA Tomorrow Never Dies (2014), attacking Eddie Kingston [who had joined the Flood over frustration with Icarus having defeated him for the CHIKARA Grand Championship at the return show CHIKARA You Only Live Twice (2014) but turned on them at King of Trios Night III after Icarus told him that there's no point in being the CHIKARA Grand Champion if there's no CHIKARA] and unmasked and revealed himself to be Kevin Condron. It's not known what happened to the guys in the Equinox III and Create-A-Wrestler II gimmicks.)

Like a lot of CHIKARA (this could apply to pro wrestling in general but especially to CHIKARA), it makes sense in context.


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When someone exits a vehicle, usually a female in heels, the camera focuses on their feet until they completely exit the car. Then the camera slowly pans up their body as they walk away. A classic horror film cliche is someone in front of the medicine cabinet mirror. They open it, get something out, close it and there's someone standing behind them. Sometimes it's just a reflection, because when they turn around, it's gone. I hate when they use a loud violin string scratch at the moment of startle. I usually predict it coming and it's so loud, it's distracting. I just start daydreaming about the few lucky people in the orchestra that got to attack the violins with the bow, did they drag the bow towards them, did they push it away from theirselves, did they do it right the first time -Oh wait, I'm watching a movie!

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1. Whenever someone is about to kill somebody else, like shooting them or something, the would-be-killer never has the guts to carry out the deed. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood being an example here.

2. Whenever a old police cop is about to retire, his last case is always a personal one - his daughter gets kidnapped or his best friend gets killed or something.


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One WAY OVERUSED thing they do in action movies: At some point, the two
antagonists each grab a handgun, both swiftly point their weapons at one
another's face, inches away from each other; NO ONE FIRES! ONE OF THEM SHOOTS,
IT'S OVER!!!!

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How about people who don't like each other but must live together and wind up becoming lovers or best friends? That happens a lot. Or even animals. A father does not want the dog his young son just rescued, but by the end of the movie, usually after the dog saves the family from something, he's totally in love with it. And don't forget the montage scenes to show them getting closer.

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Has anyone noticed that in an action movie, especially a comic book movie, the villain always kidnaps the girlfriend of the hero (or some other family member or best friend)? All three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies were gulity of this.


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A couple of Sci-fi ones:

1. Every alien creature a space crew encounters all so happen to speak the English language. Though some writers are smart enough to avoid this cliché, namely the Star Wars series.

2. Likewise, there's no need for astronaut suits since every planet in the universe will have a suitable atmosphere for humans.


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"I'm too old for this *beep*

My child has a school project to do

And what is that project you ask?

Build a model of our Solar System. And the child must have help from the parent who is much too busy to help because apparently the child is a simpleton. If the parent does help it's at the last minute and the project is done very poorly.


"It's a free country" used to be a popular phrase.

There are two kinds of people in this world

this will explain it better than I ever could

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There are only 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those that don't.

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The image of The Houses of Parliament, a British Bobby, a Double decker London bus, a red telephone box, London bridge, Chelsea Pensioners, Soldiers guarding Buckingham Palace, in red wearing bearskin hats, Beef-eaters, a mark 2 Jag(usually being driven over a cliff), pearly kings doing the Lambeth walk, a thatched cottage, and a Rolls Royce in any US series where the scene is supposed to be in Britain. Nearly all appear regularly on "Murder She Wrote." Oh and not to forget those well mannered, Gentile polite English people (boy have you got that wrong).
Of course British TV series set in the USA are equally to blame and all too often feature Yellow Cabs, yellow school buses, Greyhound buses, The Statue of Liberty, Large brown paper bags over flowing with shopping but without handles??? old New York police officers with over the top Irish accents and the most used ones of all.The implication that all Americans are either DA's, Lawyers, orthodontists or teenagers who look like John Travolta wearing red and white college jackets with a large letter on the front.
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When the bad guy fires a gun at the good guy and when he's out of bullets after missing everytime, he throws the gun at the hero as a last resort. From 30's Gangster films to Tv's Superman and even James Bond: Casino Royale-Daniel Craig on top of the Crane.

The Hero must finish the bad guy off not the sidekick

Usually happens with a firearm. The hero gets it knocked out of his/her hands. As the fight progresses the bad guy can either be winning or losing but as he charges our hero in one final burst of energy the sidekick picks up the fallen gun and instead of just shooting the bad guy calls out to the hero and tosses the gun to him/her who then shoots the bad guy.

"It's a free country" used to be a popular phrase.

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Becoming a cliché although maybe not quite there yet:

Mentally disabled people always have a special talent which turns out to be critical in solving the crime.

If the opposite of Love is indifference, what's the opposite of Hate?

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Disaster movies or other sticky situations that involve a lot of people:

Some doofus ALWAYS get up on a soapbox and tells everyone that "if we all work together, we can get through this" or the equivalent lines. Most recently in the TV series "The Dome".

Of course as soon as you hear that, you know that the next cliché is that NOBODY will stick together.

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In films or tv shows (and by extension, books), no-one (usually the main, central character) has ever any sort of extended family beyond what is necessary for the plot of the film/tv show/book. It's always exactly one child with both parents who don't have any brothers or sisters in turn.


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Just once I would like to hear somebody on television ask the question "What can I do for you?" instead of "What can I do you for" with a smirk that says "Aren't I clever - did you notice the way I turned that sentence around?".















Who is Keyser Soze?

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It does not happen too often anymore but I still remember growing up watching Cold War scifi movies where either the military or government scientist create this weapon that the enemy can't defeat (still remember the probe on the Six Million Dollar Man) but they never think to ask what happens if it malfunctions. That is what happens and before they finally destroy or disable it, it has caused lost of deaths and distruction.

This one bothers me the most and its movies or western sex after the Civil War, the main character is always a Confedeate vet. Never someone who fought for the Union or kept out of the war.

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A notorious bad guy is caught by the FBI, CIA, or one of many trio-letter grouping named agencies. He says he will give them information they need, but will only work with (insert name). The person has to be either someone no longer a part of the agency and thought of as a rogue or a new person to the agency with no track record. This cliched storyline was used again in the pilot episode for The Blacklist.















Who is Keyser Soze?

Legs getting out of cars

If the character is a woman they are very shapely legs in a dress. This is a very good cliche. I think it should continue. It keeps my attention.

If the character is a man then it's not as dramatic but you do wonder who this person is. I suppose it builds a little anticipation. Not as fun as women's legs though.

Eventually the camera does pan up and we see the owner of the legs.

Why are pirates so mean? Because they ARRRR!

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Thermonuclear handgrenades.
Thermonuclear car crashes.


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There are only 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those that don't.


I don't get it.






Well, actually I DO, but I was being ironical.

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I've seen this countless times in movies. If a mother/father little child dies that parent's life is expendable and they usually die. In real life people deal with the death of a child.

High School humiliation

In high school there are the popular pretty kids (who are usually just mean, mean, mean, oh so mean) and the somewhat unusual but very nice kids who dress in ratty rumbled clothing- our protagonist. At one point the popular pretty kids will come up with a mean, mean, mean, oh so mean plan to pretend to like and accept us err the weird kid. They'll invite them to parties. Sometimes hunky dudes will date them if they are girls. Then when the time is right usually at a big social event/party in front of the entire school they'll drop the act and reveal their deception. Humiliations galore. Our hero/heroine is crushed. But revenge is usually exacted. Or sometimes the hunky dude will realize he does indeed love our weirdly dressed good girl. I'm pretty sure the most well known occurrence of this is with Carrie.

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In horror/scary movies, the main characters are always stranded in some bum f8ck town..in which there just happens to be a killer. How convenient for the psycho killer roll.gif






















"B*tches, Leave." -Robocop

Traitors get their reward

The good guys are being betrayed. The fellow doing the betraying is usually physically unattractive and/or obnoxious. He brings information to the head bad guy. The big bad takes the information and starts to issue orders to his minions. The betrayer is ignored so he starts to make a lot of noise about his reward. He usually says something like "I want what I got coming!" or "Give me what I deserve!" And the bad guy gives him what he deserves- death or a fate worse than death.

Why are pirates so mean? Because they ARRRR!

I promise I won't kill you

This is the promise a bad guy gives someone in exchange for surrender, information, etc (doesn't really matter). But when the exchange is completed the fellow is dragged off by the bad guy's henchmen to be killed. The soon to be victim cries out "But you promised you wouldn't kill me!" To which the bad guy answers something to the effect of "Yes, I did promise that. But I'm not going to kill you- my men are."

Why are pirates so mean? Because they ARRRR!

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The villain is a master hacker with access to government computers, cameras in every building, and is able to watch the protagonists at every turn on his jumbo screen. So stupid

Great beginnings

So many movies start out something like this:
- aerial flyovers of the big city
- aerial flyovers of the car on the highway, that zoom in to the hero
- someone running for his/her life
- someone waking up in bed to an alarm clock and getting ready for whatever
- spy movies that type the location across the bottom of the screen

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In action and fantasy movies, the good guys always aim to just stun / knock out the bad guys instead of killing them while the bad guys always aim to just kill.

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'Are you free tonight?' says the single mom.

A man is attracted to a beautiful woman. They get along pretty good. At some point she mentions she has a child. But the man isn't sure how to approach her. Out of the blue she asks him if he has any plans for Saturday night. He gets all excited and says no. She tells him to come over to her house at 7 because she really needs a night out on the town and doesn't want to feel like just a mother. When he shows up all dressed up he finds out he agreed to be her babysitter as she steps out the door with another man.

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Easily best thread on IMDB.

I hate this one so much, the protagonist is trying to figure something out when a supporting character will unwittingly say something that the protagonist will get an idea from, they will proceed to call the person a "genius" and perhaps give them a hug or kiss before speeding off to implement their idea while leaving the other person standing there looking clueless as to what just happened. Sometimes the protagonists kick themselves for not thinking of the solution sooner as it was so obvious.

An Outsider joins the group

Usually happens in well established tv shows. The new person can either be a replacement for someone who left the show or an addition used to liven up a show in a rut. At first the newbie is treated with distrust or outright hostility. The latter if the newbie is replacing a dead character. Eventually an opportunity occurs where the newbie is giving a chance to prove their worth or even saving the group. After that they become one of the gang.

I'm like a wild animal, girl I'm more scared of you than you are of me.

How do you know if this guy/gal is crazy? Check out the walls

Crazy or obsessed people like to make their walls into conspiracy boards with string connecting their crazy theories. Or they might just start writing down their thoughts on the walls. Sometimes just the same thought over and over.

I'm like a wild animal, girl I'm more scared of you than you are of me.

the human shield

Our hero has engaged the enemy and is outnumbered. He's been attacked from close quarters and ranged attacks. When the enemy is shooting at him with either bullets or arrows he'll grab a flunky and hold him up at a meat shield to block the shots.

I'm like a wild animal, girl I'm more scared of you than you are of me.

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In a love story, the man behaves in a way that would be criminal stalking, but the woman finds it adorable and forgives him.

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The male protagonist has a love interest, a woman. She falls for another man, a rival. Naturally we hope that the protagonist wins over the rival, but the rival doesn't turn out to be a slightly worse match he turns out to be a criminal, ideally responsible for the entire badguy plot of the movie.

While I'm on this topic, this is just an example of a bigger cliche, which is that the unknown badguy they are hunting must always be someone the protagonist knows. Only in films like Silence of the Lambs and prequel Manhunter is the badguy a true stranger.

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