Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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    Amnesia

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    This reminds me of one of my pet peeves---when a person manages to knock out a stronger attacker and then runs away without securing or otherwise further incapacitating the attacker...
     
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    randian

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    They also far too frequently
    1. Don't take the attacker's weapons with them: denying force to your opponent while increasing your own ability to project force is sound tactics.
    2. Take their weapons and foolishly discard them later: throwing away your ability to project force is stupid.
    3. Discard firearms when out of ammunition: A gun still makes a good bludgeon, and can be used to bluff if necessary.
     
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    cheesesteak

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    What about people who fall out of buildings always land face up onto the roof of a parked car?

    Then there's the martial arts/John Wick type movies where there's an endless supply of Henchmen 'R Us drones who can't shoot straight
     
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    gchance

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    thumbs up GIF on GIFER edit to add: BOO!!!
     
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    the928guy

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    And there's the bit where the tough guy rocks his head from side to side, making popping sounds like a steamroller in a bubble-wrap factory. That seems to be an essential part of fight preparation.
     
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    Regina

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    While cracking his knuckles loudly of course!
     
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    doom1701

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    And the henchmen always attack one at a time, while the others stay just out of punching range bouncing around waiting on their turn.
     
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    allan

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    Someone is tied up, a rescuer finds him/her but is knocked out or captured at gunpoint before s/he can untie the first person.
     
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    getreal

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    If a character needs a drop of blood, characters always have a LARGE knife handy so they can make a 4" slice across their palm (severing nerves) causing a terrible wound that should require stitches and take weeks to heal, but they wrap it in a handkerchief and are fine by the next scene. So my question is ... WHO carries handkerchiefs nowadays?!! ;)
     
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    astrohip

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    I never leave the house without a handkerchief.

    I'm also old enough for Medicare, and can remember when phones had dials. :rolleyes:
     
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    randian

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    You don't have to be that old to remember that. Rotary dialing was common until well into the 1980s, and you could still use a rotary dial phone, if you really wanted to, for long after touch-tone became standard.
     
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    laria

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    Yeah, my house growing up had a rotary phone until probably close to 1990. :)
     
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    astrohip

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    Dang, y'all are making me work hard for this handkerchief meme...

    Ok, I'm old enough to remember when the Dead Sea was just sick.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, you'd have to be over thirty.

    Which is the age beyond which one cannot be trusted, IIRC.
     
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    Jonathan_S

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    Though I am pretty amused that folks make retro rotary phones that actually convert your input to touch-tone dialing. (And can remember being utterly confused the first time I saw a rotary phone with a pulse/tone selector switch!)

    Though I've also seen ones that totally miss the point and arrange buttons in a circular pseudo rotary layout :rolleyes:
     
  16. kaszeta

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    Yeah, for years (until around '96 or so in MN) most places I lived TouchTone dialing was optional and an extra monthly charge. Someplace around '96 MN still had that line item charge on the bill, but it had ceased to be an optional charge.

    If anyone here is good at CW keying and have a phone with a mechanical cradle, if you are in an area that still supports pulse dialing, if you've got really good timing, you can still dial a phone just by toggling the cradle. I learned this trick in grade school from my Ham neighbor (WB3IVI, SK). I did this a few times in college to demonstrate the principle.
     
  17. kaszeta

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    Just go cellular:

    Rotary Cell Phones from Sky's Edge
     
  18. Craigbob

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    Isn't that what Hannibal Lecter did in Red Dragon to get Will's address?
     
  19. kaszeta

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    Indeed, yes. I had forgotten about that scene.
     
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Don't forget about setting up a perimeter (which never succeeded in keeping anyone in or out).
     

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