Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. Aug 7, 2020 #521 of 665

    oscarfish Active Member

    Mar 1, 2009


    Ignoring basements, The Middle and King of the Hill are both single story.
  2. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Both are "anti-American Dream" type families. I don't watch King much, but the Hecks in The Middle, were supposed to be poor to lower middle class working families. Sure there were a few similar stories of families in the same income level (Married With Children is one that comes to mind) where they had two story houses), but often that's how they differentiate.
  3. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Our hero wakes up in the hospital with all kinds of wires and tubes attached, as soon as the doctor or nurse leaves the room he starts pulling everything off, getting out of bed, says something like "I don't have time for this." If his partner is there the partner will scold him but won't stop him.
  4. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001
    Not really a plot trope, but units of time are almost always in threes. Something always happened 3 days ago, 3 hours ago, 3 months ago. I notice this especially on cop shows, but that might just be because I watch a lot more cop shows than anything else.
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey


    And often times, (s)he gets out of bed, grimaces with pain, stumbles out of bed and the next thing the they are walking without pain...until the pain returns due to some plot turn.
  6. randian

    randian Active Member

    Jan 15, 2014
    Yep, and they can fight at full capacity the day after taking a bullet.
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  7. the928guy

    the928guy Un-mutual

    Sep 29, 2002
    North GA
    This has probably been mentioned before, but since I saw it again today for the zillionth time:

    "You lied to me!" or "Why did you keep this a secret from me?" And always, the answer, "I did it to protect you." Which, of course, never works.
  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    On a related but more general note, there's the tendency for people to withhold information from each other for reasons that make no sense except to keep the plot "interesting."

    There are so many movies or shows that would be half the length if people would just talk to each other!

    Comic book writer Nick Spencer made very ironic use of the Hanging a Lantern trope while talking about this very issue in his Morning Glories comic:
    (They then go on to not share information, which draws things out. :D)
  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Every episode of Frasier would have only been five minutes long.
  10. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I'm thinking this hospital trope must be one of the tropiest tropes out there. I've now seen it in two movies and a tv series in just the last week or so.
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  11. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I’ve been watching that show Imposters. Between that show and the Americans it got me thinking, how can somebody date or marry and live someone and not know they are wearing a wig all of the time? Are there wigs/attachment techniques out there that would be that good to fool a person?
  12. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Probably mentioned already but When a character finds out the secret identity of a bad guy (or finds out some big secret that changes the entire plot) and instead of screaming it from the rooftops immediately, they instead choose to confront the bad guy, alone, without telling a single person where they’re going or even hinting at their suspicions. This is the pinnacle of lazy writing to me and I hate it.
    If you have a show that hinges on one party keeping something from another party, then don’t make that reveal until you’re ready to treat it honestly. All it does it make the character who’s now clued in look like an idiot and to me it diminishes everything that happens after that point.
  13. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I think it's worse when it's the bad guy who finds out the identity of the good guy and doesn't tell anyone...
  14. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    The whole "I can't tell you this really important thing on the phone" thing. Followed by Person X keeps calling Person Y who never answers but doesn't text the "You're in danger!" message they were calling about.
  15. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    Got a few here from my last week and half of watching tv non stop.

    Whenever they show a shot of a non urban moving train that train HAS TO whistle. For no reason. They can be on a 5 mile straight stretch of track thru a mountain with NOTHING around and the train horn will still go off for some reason.

    Good guys will gun down countless henchmen with impunity but all of a sudden when they get to the bad guy/boss who is shooting at them or threatening their or someone else's life the good guy suddenly gets gun shy and wants to preserve life.

    This one applies to EVERY series in the Law & Order franchise. Detectives go talk to a witness at work who without fail do 2 things.... They continue to work/move as they are speaking to the cops. And they always...ALWAYS remember some random thing/person from years ago.

    All the cars in movies/shows that take place in the 50's/60,s are in pristine condition. All freshly washed and waxed with not even a spec of dirt on them.
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  16. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    Reminds me of Johnny the Shoeshine Boy on Police Squad
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  17. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    When someone is bad mouthing or talking gossip about another character and their audience gets awkwardly quiet.

    "He's standing behind me isn't he?"
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  18. jr461

    jr461 Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Northern NJ
    This reminds me of some related ones.

    In Law & Order and most other cop shows, when the cops see the target on the street, the identify themselves from so far away that there is no chance they can catch him/her once they start running, which they do. This is true only in the first 30-40 minutes of shows, however. After that someone will take a short cut through some alley, cut them off with a blind-side tackle and make the arrest.

    Along the lines of the train whistle, cars always screech to a stop and skid away on all shows, always. Also, drivers shut the engine for even the shortest time to just ask someone a question, then seconds later start it up again. I always anticipate them not being able to start again while danger approaches.

    The henchman/boss issue is a variation on the Batman version where the boss sneaks away while everyone else gets beaten up. It happens in more serious shows, too, where they get everyone else while the head bad guy got away.
  19. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

    May 15, 2001
    A similar one that bugs me on those types of shows...the first suspect is never the bad guy. The cops are certain that they've found the right person, and then realize that they've wasted their time/been mis-directed/etc.

    Also, while not really a trope--big name guest stars on procedurals are almost always the bad guy.
  20. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Olivehurst, CA
    Then they yell "STOP!!!" Because definitely the criminal will stop when commanded to.
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