Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 26, 2017
    Elizabeth, CO
    Thank you, that's where i saw it
  2. alpacaboy

    alpacaboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Yep, that's what I was watching when I wrote that.
    I think Flash may have done it before a couple times whenever he enters someone's mind.(The Thinker, Grace, ...)

    It was also in a lot of one season of Agents of Shield (the Construct).

    I don't remember where else I've seen it specifically. But it just feels like any time there is a mind meld or a VR experience, there's almost always the "and if you die in there, you die in the real world too."
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  3. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    As anti-Vaxxers and investors in time-shares know, if you die in a dream, you will die IRL. This subject has been scientifically proved in many studies of dreams. Link Here.

    So it's reasonable to extend this to VR and mind melding.
  4. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    ..... some alarm going off, the "dead bad guys" getting up and then the captain, sergeant, chief, commander, general, or some other boss type telling our heroes they gotta run the DRILL again.

    Some shows like 'SWAT' & 'Seal Team' have done this in MULTIPLE episodes. It is tired, lazy and SEVERELY overused.
  5. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    And...... Boom. A FOX show just did it tonight. sigh.
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  6. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
  7. type_g

    type_g Active Member

    Sep 9, 2002
    Also another Trope, the training they did comes in use later in the episode.
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  8. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    Ha! Yes. And that ends up being the only episode they ever use that training.

    Like the buttons on KITT in Knight Rider. Suddenly it would have a parachute button needed for that one episode, and the next week it is gone.
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  9. Teavo

    Teavo Active Member

    Feb 11, 2020
    Any time on a cop show where one of the main cops is suddenly kidnapped or in some fire predicament, I check out because I know all the overreacting and added drama is just fluff because the hero will be home safe by close of the episode.
  10. type_g

    type_g Active Member

    Sep 9, 2002
    and it just happened again on a CBS show which has done it many times itself.
  11. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

    Apr 3, 2003
    South Florida
    Not sure of other shows but Chicago Fire has unexpectedly killed off main characters.
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    MikeCC TiVotee

    Jun 19, 2004
    Yeah, in that same universe, Chicago PD killed off a sweet civilian character, Nadia DeCotis, who worked in the Unit as an administrative assistant. Her murder was part of a crossover with Law and Order: SVU, were her killer was convicted.

    Her character's death was very unsettling to me: a grisly end to a character once down on her luck but working hard to improve.

    And, of course, there was the brutal slaying of Olinsky. Chicago PD is always near the edge of some very dark, very evil stories.
  13. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    NCIS and spinoffs have lost a lot of major characters over the years. NCIS NOLA was the latest this season.

  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    We were watching The Neighborhood last night (don't judge!) and it reminded me of another often used trope that they used last night. Two people start dating, they start to fall in love after some time....and suddenly, when they are about the spill their feelings for each other, one of them suddenly is offered their "dream job" and it's (pick one, Paris....usually this....New York, London...Hollywood..if it's a NY based show). We've seen this on Friends among other shows. And usually what happens is the one person doesn't want to stand in the way of the other, so they go.
  15. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio
    Probably already mentioned, but how about the one where someone gets really mad or frustrated and then goes on a destructive rampage, destroying all of his/her own stuff anywhere within arms' reach. Upon reflection, I bet they wish they hadn't done that. I saw that one on some show just last week, I don't recall which one, though.
  16. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    That just happened on Lincoln Rhyme. Although considering the guy was a serial killer, and what he was upset about...
    his wife had discovered that he was a serial killer, and he was upset that in response he had had to murder her
    ...I guess a more rational response might have been out of character. ;)
  17. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Anakin, Kylo, and to a cerian extent, Luke.
  18. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I'm sure this has been mentioned before, and it's not a Plot Trope, but I can't stand when "the car bomb" has a blinking red light! Black electrical tape guys!! ;)
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  19. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    And the countdown timer on a bomb. Why? What purpose does it serve?*

    (If I were to make a bomb, I'd be tempted to add a countdown timer...and have the bomb detonate when it hits 3:47.)

    *I know, I tells the audience when the bomb's going off.
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  20. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Tivo n00b

    Aug 31, 2015
    That, or have the bomb go off 1 minute afterwards. Everyone will think they're safe, then BAM!
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