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.
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Stupid criminals who devise some sort of Rube Goldberg-ish plan to kill the good guy instead of just shooting him. I watched an old Mannix episode yesterday (50 year old spoilers follow) where the bad guy captures Mannix and a female photographer (Loretta Swit!) , forces them to drive into the desert at gunpoint, then makes them walk for what seems like a day, with no water, until they come across a jeep that he had previously hidden and then makes them walk some more until they collapse while he's following them in the jeep and drinking water. Of course, Mannix then fakes unconsciousness and knocks the villain out with one punch to save the day with two minutes left in the episode. The bad guy's plan was for it to look like Mannix's car broke down in the desert and he and Loretta Swit died of thirst trying to get out but why not just shoot them when they were in the middle of the desert?
  12. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Well, if it's an accident nobody will be looking for the murderer...
  13. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Nobody suspected him anyway except Mannix and Loretta Swit and that only happened eight seconds before the bad guy showed up pointing a gun at them.

    I noticed that season 1 of the Rockford files is on Prime for free (but with commercials). Between that show and Mannix, I'll get my private eye fix for the quarantine. Maybe I just don't notice them but there don't seem to be as many private eye shows on tv like there used to be way back in my formative years.
  14. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    The stopped wristwatch that “proves” when something occurred.
  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    How does an LCD display stop? ;)
  16. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Probably been said before within these 23 pages but every other tv show has someone who can hack into every corporate and government network and database within 14.7 seconds. That and pick locks and hot wire cars.
  17. Flop

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Police investigating some crime originating from an online source: Victim, suspect, and intransigent online company CEO are all local
  18. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    And no computer hackers require a mouse or trackpad ... it's all keyboard ...
  19. Teavo

    Teavo Active Member

    Feb 11, 2020
    And hack into every camera system in any town AND zoom in to a crystal clear high def image of the suspect(s).
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  20. Lady Honora

    Lady Honora New Member

    Oct 9, 2018
    Soap Opera rule number one. If you don't see the body, the person survived the car crash, burning building, fall off a cliff., whatever. He/she will be gone for a while, only to return unexpectedly weeks, months, even years later. This will be a shock to their friends and enemies alike, especially the spouse who has since remarried at least once.
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