Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. Jan 4, 2019 #341 of 366
    cheesesteak

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    It's not a trope but it bothers me... People being chased in a life or death situation who run at about 4 mph. I assume that it's done to make it easier for the camera to track them but I still yell in my head "Run faster, dumbass!"
     
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    sharkster

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    Or you see a car chasing them and they are outrunning the car. Reeeely?

    It's especially annoying when they stay in the path of the car, instead of veering off to a place where the car wouldn't be able to hit them.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Or giant rolling boulders, or spaceships crashing, etc. They always run along the deadly object's path, instead of simply...stepping aside.

    A related trope is earthquake cracks that literally chase people...
     
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  4. Jan 4, 2019 #344 of 366
    getreal

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    Running away from danger and stopping suddenly at the very edge of a cliff.
     
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    jr461

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    I don't think it's possible to diffuse a bomb with more than 1 second left on the red, digital clock. If shows ever had anyone but the star doing the diffusing it might add some suspense - perhaps some no name from the bomb squad should attempt it and have them fail once in a while.

    Of course we're so conditioned to the star doing it that if some no name did suddenly try they'd be telegraphing a fail.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2019 #346 of 366
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Defusing...although watching somebody diffuse a bomb could be entertaining! :D
     
  7. Jan 5, 2019 #347 of 366
    stile99

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    Bombs tend to handle that part themselves, no?
     
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    Peter000

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    When James Bond diffuses a bomb it's always with 00:07 seconds left.
     
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    longrider

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    Also, why does the clock always stop showing the 1 second? In reality the clock would continue to zero and nothing would happen as the connection to the detonator was cut or the clock would go out as power to the timer was cut.
     
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    laria

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    Also why does the bad guy even put a clock on there!
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    To up the tension for the audience, duh! :D
     
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    john4200

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    I've always thought they should have a particularly dastardly villain do something like build a bomb with a clock that does not behave as expected. You could do all sorts of things, like have it suddenly start counting up and then down again, suddenly skip 10 seconds, maybe flash a beghilos message or 666, or make it blow up at something other than 0:00.
     
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    ufo4sale

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    Your a sick sick man but I like where your heads at. ;)
     
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    jr461

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    But there's no tension anyway for reasons above :p:D
     
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    On almost all cop shows... a baby had to be delivered and they can't get the pregnant woman to a hospital for some reason, so a cop needs to deliver the baby. And the baby is somehow usually not gross looking immediately after being born, and there is no sign of what comes out after the baby, or the umbilical cord.
     
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    Ha, I know what show you watched this week.
     
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    Not a plot trope itself but I'm convinced that the main reason why there are nude sex scenes in tv shows and movies is simply because the director wants to check out the actress's boobs. The sex scene really adds nothing to the plot other than to make family viewing uncomfortable.
     
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    Or her tushy. Man I watched The Americans for that; Felicity, er Keri Russell must have spent a LOT of time in the gym... her backside was super fit. Damn.
     
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    Everybody's cell phone vibrates loudly like it's laying flat on a hard surface no matter where it actually is - a pocket, a purse, a drawer etc...
     

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