Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

    Apr 6, 2001
    MD, USA
    Rule 2 of Zombieland: Double Tap :cool:
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  2. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I've seen it countless times, on shows and movies, where (for example) a guy breaks into a woman's dwelling. Big fight ensues. Somehow or other she is able to take him down. Looks like he could be dead. She doesn't even check. She moves only a few feet, or less, away from him WITH her back to him and has a breakdown over the whole thing.

    Next bit - he's up and on her before she even knows what's going on.

    What idiot would not make 200% sure the guy who has attacked her is dead? If I were shooting, I would empty the gun. He's down - I'm making sure he's dead and sure as hell not standing right next to his hand (seen the one where he grabs her leg before she can respond more times than I can count).

    But, OTOH, I get that it's about the drama. I just don't really like stupidly manufactured drama.
  3. MacThor

    MacThor Not Pictured

    Feb 7, 2002
    Richmond VA
    I'm sure this has already been mentioned, but:

    Zombie/Monster/Alien takes out an entire heavily armed military squad (even at range).
    Said Zombie/Monster/Alien then jumps on top of feeble civilian and is somehow fought off or killed.

    Most recently seen in the Epix War of the Worlds.
  4. alpacaboy

    alpacaboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    "Always put one in the brain."
    - One of my former supervisors
    (quoting "Miller's Crossing" :) )
  5. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    If I got an intruder down, I think that I would be at one of my neighbors' doors before I even would look back.
  6. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    My friend was a juror on a murder trial a couple years ago. It was almost comical how inept the defendants were at killing the victim, though eventually they did get a fatal shot into him.
  7. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    That's a sure-fire way to get your neighbor killed (since we're talking tropes).
  8. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    Ugh The "Bonnie & Clyde" killing and/or crime spree couple. I think just about EVERY cop show has done this trope. Criminal Minds has done it SEVERAL times. Ditto on the various Law&Orders. Now 'FBI: Most Wanted' has joined the pack.
  9. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    While I'm at it....

    Every hospital show has some sort of shooter/hostage situation where they want someone worked on.

    Every courtroom show has some sort of shooter/hostage situation where they want some case retried.
  10. randian

    randian Active Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    My "favorite" trope:
    Too many shows have child characters when they shouldn't, and all too often the only reason those characters exist is to be monstrously stupid and put everybody else in serious jeopardy.

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